Our alumni know that we compare the facilitator skills and attributes to those of a Navy SEAL. We have stressed the importance of remaining invisible (ie, neutral), focused externally (ie, NOT on one’s self), and embracing a strong sense of service to help others, to make it easy. This is the first time we have recommended a hit in the face.

Activities to Improve your Facilitator Skill Set

A Hit in the Face to Improve your Facilitator Skill Set

The following is extracted from an article, by Chris Sajnog, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL Master Firearms Instructor and a Neural-Pathway Training Expert. For the entire article, turn your browser to Twelve ways to live like a Navy SEAL in 2016”.

Mr Sajnog provides highly pertinent advice for facilitators, or others in life, that aspire to make this a better world. Freedom and independence to love and help others through collaboration and focus, less restricted by your own feelings of inadequacy and the foibles of being ‘human.’ Thank you Mr Sajnog for your service, inspiring thoughts, and articulate words. Special thanks to Gr8fullsoul for his inspiring blogs, and pointing out Mr Sajnog’s article.

Hit in the Face Traits

Here are some of traits that you will find in a competent facilitator. Make sure you read on, to the list of actions you can take to improve yourself.

  • Active — You need to be moving, doing, or functioning at all times. Ideas and theories are great, but action gets things done.
  • Brave — Brave doesn’t mean you aren’t afraid. It means YOU ARE, but you continue in spite of your fears.
  • Confident — A warrior is sure of himself and has no uncertainty about his own abilities.
  • Decisive — Displaying no hesitation in battle is vital to survival.
  • Disciplined — Once you have a plan and are confident that you can fulfill it, you must have the discipline required to stick with it.
  • Loving — A warrior has confronted death and understands the value of life. Warriors whose lives are in balance are peaceful, unselfish and compassionate of others. The love of others gives the warrior his energy to constantly train for battle and the strength to survive once he’s there.
  • Loyal — A warrior needs direction, and that comes from being faithful to a cause, ideal or institution. Loyalty will keep you guided along your path.
  • Patient — Having patience means bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint.
  • Skillful — Having the right mindset is vital, but you need a skill set to match.
  • Strong — You need to have a determined will in all that you do. A strong mind can make up for a weak body, but not the other way around.
  • Vigilant — You never know when danger is going to come knocking, and you need to be prepared to react appropriately.

Facilitator Actions

Here are a few actions you can take to become a better facilitator:

  • Become a master at what you do. Everything in life is either worth doing well or it’s not worth doing at all.
  • Embrace competition. Sign up for a race, a fight or just challenge someone to arm wrestle. Prove that you’re better than someone else at something or work until you are.
  • Find something you’re afraid of and go do it. Everyone has fears — warriors (facilitators) overcome them.
  • Have a set of NUTs (Non-negotiable, Unalterable Terms) and live by them!  These are anything you’re not willing to compromise in life, period.
  • Start establishing routines and habits in everything you do. We are what we repeatedly do.
  • Start practicing some form of martial arts — if you’ve never been hit in the face, go find out what it’s like.
  • Work out. It doesn’t matter what you do. Breathe hard and sweat.
  • Write down your goals and core values. If you don’t have a map for your life, how will you get where you want to go?


Finally, MG RUSH professional facilitation curriculum focuses on providing methodology. Each student thoroughly practices methodology and tools before class concludes. Some call this immersion. We call it the road to building impactful facilitation skills.

Become Part of the Solution While You Improve Your Facilitation, Leadership, and Methodology Skills

Take a class or forward this to someone who should. MG RUSH Professional Facilitation Training provides an excellent way to earn up to 40 SEUs from the Scrum Alliance, 40 PDUs from PMI, 40 CDUs from IIBA, and 3.2 CEUs. As a member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF), our Professional Facilitation Training aligns with IAF Certification Principles and fully prepares alumni for their Certified Professional Facilitator designation.

Furthermore, our Professional Facilitation curriculum immerses students in the responsibilities and dynamics of an effective facilitator and methodologist. Because nobody is smarter than everybody, attend an MG RUSH Professional Facilitation, Leadership, and Methodology workshop offered around the world, see MG RUSH for a current schedule.

Go to the Facilitation Training Store to access our in-house resources. You will discover numerous annotated agendas, break timers, and templates. Finally, take a few seconds to buy us a cup of coffee and please SHARE.

In conclusion, we dare you to embrace the will, wisdom, and activities that amplify a facilitative leader.

Facilitation Expert

Terrence Metz, CSM, PSPO, CSPF, is the Managing Director of MG RUSH Facilitation Training and Coaching, the acknowledged leader in structured facilitation training. His FAST Facilitation Best Practices blog features over 300 articles on facilitation skills and tools aimed at helping others lead faster, more productive meetings and workshops that yield higher quality decisions. His clients include Agilists, Scrum teams, program and project managers, senior officers, and the business analyst community among numerous private and public companies and global corporations. As an undergraduate of Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and MBA graduate from NWU’s Kellogg School of Management, his professional experience has focused on process improvement and product development. He continually aspires to make it easier for others to succeed.

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