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YOU Can Be a Force for Positive Global Change!
Appreciative Living Learning Circles are 4-week classes that are proven to help people get significantly happier. They are being run all over the world, and you can be part of this global movement! Click here to read our vision
It’s a “Business in a Box!”
This program contains everything you need to run 4-week Appreciative Living Learning Circles. You may charge whatever you want and keep all the profit. You can run them as many times as you want for a full year. The materials include marketing tips, ideas on where to hold Learning Circles, pricing guidelines and more. It’s like a business in a box! (Note – the program is intended for individuals. If you are part of an organization please email us for an extended use license)
Catapult Your Own Life Forward
Facilitators participate right alongside everyone else in the Learning Circle, so you will create more joy in your life as you help others do the same. There is also the adage that “if you really want to learn something, teach it.” Facilitating this work will help you apply Appreciative Living more fully into your own life to catapult it forward.
Here’s what one facilitator from
Atlanta, GA had to say:
“We completed our final Learning Circle last night. I was blown away with the growth the participants reported that they are making!…the group was saddened to say goodbye, but they were upbeat about continuing to use the exercises and principles.”
– Neal Kuhlhorst
No Expertise or Previous Experience Required
Great care was taken in the design of the Learning Circles to make them easy for you to run. No previous expertise is required, and as long as you can read, you can run a Learning Circle. The Annotated Participant Guide takes you step-by-step through the classes and tells you exactly what to say and do. The lessons, exercises and discussions are written out in the Participant Guide and read by the group, so all you have to do is lead them from one item on the agenda to the next. Even the agenda is spelled out in detail, telling you exactly how much time to take for each part and when to move on. You are guided every step of the way.
The Materials are Stellar
You’ll be amazed with the quality and depth of the materials. A year and a half of design, planning, revamping, piloting, and modifying went into creating them, and no detail was overlooked. Over 70 people gave input from across the world for the initial design, many of whom were professional trainers and facilitators. Additional pilots and revisions were made with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the program is truly exceptional.
The materials include a detailed Facilitator Guide, Annotated Participant Guide, and a Participant Guide file you can use to print as many Participant Guides as you wish. There is also an extensive Facilitator Support Page which includes tips for printing Participant Guides, marketing tips, facilitator information call recordings, input forum, pricing guidelines, affiliate program information and more.
Listing on the Appreciative Living Website
As a registered facilitator, you may be listed on our website here if you wish: Facilitator Listing Page
Audio Training Recordings
In four recordings, Jackie Kelm takes you from “zero” to being able to run a Learning Circle. In addition to walking you through the weekly design, it includes one recording on Appreciative Facilitation tips, such as how to keep conversations positively focused, how to handle dominant participants, and how to redirect the group in appreciative ways. The 4 recordings include:
1. Overview: Everything you need to know and do to run a Learning Circle
2. Week 1: Detailed walk-through of the first Learning Circle
3. Weeks 2-4: Overview of weeks 2-4 and what to expect
4. Appreciative Facilitation: Appreciative tips and techniques to help you run your Learning Circle successfully.
As a registered facilitator, you can offer Appreciative Living programs to others such as the Appreciative Living Practicum and Learning Circle Package, and receive a commission. You may also use the discounted price yourself for the AL Practicum.
Appreciative Inquiry Insider
Jackie operates in a highly collaborative style, and turns to the facilitator group when looking for help on projects or piloting new products and services. It’s a great way to become an “insider” in the Appreciative Living community.
What Do You Have to Do to Run a Learning Circle?
1. Purchase the Facilitator Registration Package which includes audio training recordings that walk you through the entire process. Listen to the recordings and follow along in the Facilitator Guide and annotated Participant Guide.
2. Read one of the Appreciative Living books to familiarize yourself with the work.
3. Read the vision, and agree to act in alignment with it.
“I just finished my first Learning Circle!!! Awesome! I want more 🙂 What I believe worked are two things: First, was the easiness for people to step in (no long therapeutic sessions or difficult concepts.).. Second, to work with Appreciative Living in a group helps people think about ideas and bring in more perspectives than you have yourself, and that inspires people. It also stimulates accountability. Thank you so much Jackie, for bringing Appreciative Living into my life!!!”
– Anja Doornbos
Facilitator in The Netherlands
How Long Does it Takes to Prepare Each Week?
Very little preparation is involved each week. The only thing you need to do is review the class agenda for that week, and we give you a variety of ways to do this. There are one page written overviews in the Facilitator Guide, one page detailed agenda summaries, and short audio overviews for each week. The average reported prep time from experienced facilitators is around 45 minutes each week after the first session.
What Materials Do I Need to Run a Learning Circle?
The facilitator uses the Annotated Participant Guide, and everyone in the group (including the facilitator) needs one Learning Circle Participant Guide, and one of the two Appreciative Living books. Facilitators will need to print Participant Guides, and can choose whether to include the book or have participants purchase the books. The books can be reused, or in some cases borrowed from the library. You can also purchase books in bulk at a discount with free shipping, even to international locations.
What are the Two Appreciative Living books?
The materials were designed to work with either book, so you can choose either of the following:
How Do I Find Participants?
There are several ways to find participants. The Facilitator Package includes an introductory audio recording you can download and play for a group to introduce them to Appreciative Living. It contains a presentation by Jackie Kelm talking about Appreciative Living and walks them through a powerful exercise. You can announce your Learning Circle after the audio presentation.
The Facilitator Guide also offers a few tips for finding participants, and the support webpage has a sample flyer you can post in public places.
Finally, the Facilitator Package includes listing your contact information on the Appreciative Living Facilitator webpage for one year, and people may find you from there as well.
“I feel this process is transformational. It can result in a whole new context for living!”
– Richard McKenna
Facilitator in Cleveland, OH
Many Many People in a Learning Circle?
No more than ten participants in a Learning Circle, and the ideal number is 5-7. Smaller groups have the advantage of greater intimacy in sharing, and larger groups offer more varieties in perspective.
Can These be Run Virtually as a Teleseminar?
The Learning Circles are designed to be run in-person. There is no option currently for them to be run online, because virtual technologies tend to put the facilitator more in the position of looking like an expert rather than an equal participant. In addition, doing virtual training is a skill in itself, which is not taught as part of the program.
What Happens After My Year is Up?
After the initial registration year is up, you can renew your registration for just $39 a year. Yearly registration includes permission to print Participant Guides and run Learning Circles, your contact information listing on the Registered Facilitator webpage, affiliate program commissions, access to the support webpage, participation in any facilitator group calls, and inclusion in the email list.
In-case you have any doubts, we offer a 30 day, 100% money-back guarantee on the Facilitator Registration Package (as we do all our products). If you are not satisfied for any reason, just return the materials within 30 days of purchase for a full refund..
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Payback on Your Investment:
People often want to know how long it will take for them to get back the money they invested in the facilitator package, and it depends on how many people you have, how much you charge, how much you pay for books and shipping, and other variables. A conservative rough estimate based in the US, is between 1-2 Learning Circles if you have approximately 5-7 people in each one.
How & when do I get everything?
After you order, a welcome email will be sent to you with a link to the facilitator support page. This page contains everything you need to including all the materials, links to audio recordings, and how to access all the other items listed above.
What Facilitators Are Saying…
"I just wanted to tell you about my first meeting of my first Learning Circle with 6 other woman. We had a great time, lots of laughs and some personal stories. One lady in her 70's taught me so much even in this first evening about being resilient,resourceful and responsible for our own health and wellbeing. I would like to integrate these principles into my own life more often and I look forward to doing more of them!" Ros Lee, Tauranga Bay, New Zealand.
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