Effective facilitation is an art! The successful facilitator is flexible and observant, accepting and affirming, and can listen and lead while bringing a group of often diverse opinions to an agreed upon solution or plan of action—sometimes in 30 minutes or less! The need for effective facilitation is not limited to just one type of group or setting. This workshop will use concepts developed by author Sharon Bowman to review six learning principles based on brain science that “trump” traditional teaching and will forever change the way you instruct others. Workshop participants will discover The Six Trumps® – six learning principles based on brain science; learn how to apply these principles to any learning environment; and, experience the learning principles in action. In this workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to explore their personal facilitation skills, identify areas that need enhancement, and even acquire new skills.


Participants will be able to name/explain/use:

  • Core components of a facilitator’s job
  • Six Learning Principles from Sharon Bowman’s book Using Brain Science to Make Teaching Stick
  • A work-related mission statement to help continue to be effective facilitators
  • These principles to any learning environment


  • Moe, Jerry (1993). Discovery: Finding the Buried Treasure. Dallas: ImaginWorks.
  • Bowman, Sharon L. (2011). Using Brain Science to Make Teaching Stick. Bowperson Publishing
  • Prevention Games “Cookbook”, Activities Contributed by: Hays Caldwell Council, Rainbow Days, and Recovery Resource Council

Format:  PowerPoint, Facilitated Discussion, Interactive Activities, Videos


  • 1 to 1.5 hrs. (Conferences only)
  • 3 hr. Workshop (1.0 ATOD Specific)


(KD, JD)