Lead Yourself then Lead Others – a Facilitator Training Testimonial

This testimonial is written by Anna Li, a BEAM intern who participated in a two-day JUMP! Facilitator Training, part of the JUMP! Development projects. The blog is written originally in Mandarin and then translated by JUMPer Mei Lum, who also ran the Facilitator Training.

On Teamwork and Reflection

Teamwork was one of the key themes of the J! facilitator training and one that I was able to really understand through experience. The activity, Lava Pit, left the deepest impression on me. We were given 6 rocks to cross the lava pit but because of our carelessness and unfamiliarity with the rules, we were only left with 2 rocks in the end. A lot of us thought, “No way! we can’t do it!” But in the end, we finally made it! During the debrief, when Jac asked what we could have done better as a team I answered, “we should have held hands from the beginning.”

As a team no matter how easy (having 6 rocks) or difficult (having 2 rocks) the task is in front of you, in both situations everyone should support one another. The thing that made me feel the most appreciative was that no matter if we succeeded or we failed at an activity, we didn’t blame each other but rather during this 2-day facilitator training every single team member was reassured that their feelings and opinions were valid.


Using Models to Guide the Way 

We were also introduced a lot of models. The two that stood out to me most was Mastery Mountain and PVC. The most inspiring part of Mastery Mountain was the personal leadership range. If an individual wants to be a leader for others she must first understand herself, first lead herself. PVC on the other hand, allows one to clearly be aware of one’s mindset and also others’ mindsets as well. For me, I see Prisoner, Vacationer and Change-maker mindsets as a cyclical process. Even if you identify yourself as in a prisoner mindset, you shouldn’t panic because you are the one that has the ability to change your mindset and reflect on where you are in a certain situation.


Appreciating Those Around You

I really want to thank everyone for their effort in making this facilitator training a huge success. During the appreciation circle, everyone said something they appreciated about the person they randomly chose from the beginning of the day. In actuality, everyone wants to receive other people’s praise and affirmation but because we’re too busy or we assume that a person already knows we appreciate them, we don’t tell that person we appreciate him or her. I think this is necessary. It’s not about who’s the most self-proclaiming, but rather that we all need encouragement. In life, there are so many things that are worth appreciating. It’s only when we appreciate each other that a team is able to better develop.


I really want to thank Mei and Jac for their hard work these past two days. I will definitely use everything I learned in my future studies and in life.

Anna Li

BEAM GGJJ Intern & GGJJ volunteer

Translated by JUMP!er Mei Lum

Chinese version:

团队合作是这次培训的一个关键词,也是我体会最深的一点。我印象最深的是Lava这个游戏。我们本来有六个木板可以通过火山坑,但是因为疏忽和对规则的不熟悉,我们最后只剩下两块木板。就当很多人觉得,不可能了,算了吧,we finally made it!在debrief的时候我说“其实,我们一开始就应该手拉着手。”的确,作为一个团队无论面前的任务有多简单——六块木板过火山坑,还是很困难——两块跨域,在团队里的每一个都应该相互support。让我觉得很欣慰的一点是,无论在任何游戏中,不论输了赢了,我们都没有抱怨彼此,也许这也是我们在两天的 facilitator training中每个人都可以收获颇多的情感保证吧。


在 facilitator training过程中,我们接触到了很多模型,其中使我受益最多的是mastery mountain和PVC。 Mastery mountain中最有启发的就是personal leadership range 这一部分。一个人如果想领导别人就要先了解自己,先领导自己。而PVC的确可以清晰认识自己的状态或是认识他人的状态。对我来说庆幸的是prisoner,vacationer和 change-maker是一个循环的过程。即便是自己发想自己是prisoner的状态也不应该panic,因为好好从自己糟糕的状态中跳出来,审视自己 。


真的很感谢大家的支持,能让这次活动这么成功。最后在一个很感人的环节appreciation中,每个人都要说出你appreciate你抽到这个人什么。其实每个人都是希望得到别人的表扬和肯定的,但是在平常我们或是因为工作太忙,或是觉得大家都懂不用说的,都或多或少的不提对相互的赞扬之词。其实是有必要的,并不是谁有多虚荣,而是我们都需要别人的鼓励。 生活中很多细节都值得我们去感激。只有感恩自己团队里的每一个人,团队才可以发展得更好!




Anna Li

BEAM GGJJ Intern & GGJJ volunteer

Translated by JUMP!er Mei Lum

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