SOF Podcast Logo - Full Colour - Reversed

Delve into the business aspect of facilitators and trainers. Featuring interviews with professionals discussing topics such as finances, pricing, scaling, marketing, and client management. New episodes fortnightly.

Hosted by Kirsty Lewis

Hosted by Kirsty Lewis

Founder of School of Facilitation

Reserved Cover 1080x1350
Ep 11. The Power of Two: Creating Good Partnerships

This episode is about how we can navigate partnerships successfully. Not all business relationships need to have a formal and legal entity. Many of us choose to work with others in partnership and this conversation is about how we can do this well.

Ep. 10 The Parallels between a romantic relationship and a business break-up! with Meg Bolger

Meg Bolger is a facilitation geek passionate about social justice, teaching facilitation, and creating resources for a more beautiful world. Meg is the captain of Facilitator Cards, co-author of Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation, co-creator of The Safe Zone Project, and many other resources for facilitators and social justice educators. Meg lives in Vermont where she tries to get into the woods everyday and keep up with her three nephews.

Ep 9. Best we know the stuff we fail to notice! with Simon Kettleborough

This episode explores how the inner world of the business leader creates the shape and flow of the business they lead. Our values, beliefs, experiences, thoughts and emotions all lend themselves to the structure, behaviours and outputs of our business.

Ep8. 10 Days That Changed Everything: Leanne Hughes’ Path to quitting Corporate Life

Where does the decision to leave the corporate world come from? How do you know when the time is right? And what are the first few steps you can take as you set up your business?

Ep7. The Mindset of Scaling a Training Business with Mark Cranstoun

In this episode, Mark Cranstoun, the CEO and co-founder of Total Negotiation discusses how they grew the business from a lifestyle business to a global success.

Ep6. Competition, Collaboration and Community with Myriam Hadnes

Dr Myriam Hadnes is a skilled and passionate facilitator. During the pandemic she wanted to create a space for facilitators and trainers to come together and learn from one another. What started as a collaboration between 30+ people in 2020 has now turned into a global community in 2023.

Ep5. How it all Began! with Kirsty Lewis

How exactly did I, Kirsty Lewis, end up running a boutique training business?

This solo episode shares how I accidentally came upon the idea to leave the corporate world.

Ep4. How we scaled our Duck factory! with Catherine & John Nicholson

Catherine and John Nicholson, founders of The Virtual Training Team, have gone from 2 – 15 people, and a 7 figure turnover in 8 years. They openly admit it started as a lifestyle business and then questions like “what could we create?” started to pop up as their curiosity grew.

Ep3. It’s all about the money! with Rob Geraghty

Finances and money are an essential part of running a business and I think the more we talk about them, how we use them and work with them, the easier it becomes and it helps us learn and grow.

Ep2. Moving Towards Retirement with Meriel Swain

In this episode we discuss the different thresholds we cross in our Facilitator and Trainer journey – the beginning, the finding of associate work and retirement.