Creating an atmosphere of "serious fun" with Diversity Dana #Bestof (Episode 166)


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Energy is the most important thing when it comes to your workshops, and I discovered this nice and early when I geeked out on an energetic conversation with today’s guest, Dana James-Edwards.

This is a #bestof episode - I spoke to Dana back in 2018, when she called herself “Dana the Trainer”. Through a series of pivots and discovering her passion, she is now known as “Diversity Dana".

Today’s conversation is as relevant as ever - you’ll learn

  • Ways to make facilitation more fun, colourful and engaging
  • How to balance or lift your energy levels when required
  • What to do when things don't go to plan (hint: prevention is better than cure)
  • How to create content for new workshops

I want to share her website copy on her About page as a way of introducing her:

"My favourite word is the F-Word – FUN

(Wait a minute … what F word were you thinking about?). Seriously!

As you can tell I take an unconventional approach to learning focusing on fun, colour, enjoyment and making things as practical and relevant as possible to make sure that key learnings make it back to the workplace.

What is it that I facilitate? Great question!

I have my fingers in many pies, but my 3 core areas are *drumroll please*

Diversity & Inclusion, Train-The-Trainer (or Coach) and Agile

And if that sounds like an eclectic mix of things that shouldn’t go together and make no sense you’re going to have to read the rest of my bio to find out why and how it all came about. To confuse you even further I sometimes even dabble in some Management & Leadership bits … but that’s a story for another day.

Read the rest of Dana’s story here.

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