More than just a facilitator, here are some fun facts:
Michaud’s Facilitator Story:
I grew up spending time with very different groups of people, which led to a deeper understanding, compassion, and comfort with people who are different from me.
I studied philosophy at the University of Guelph and loved learning about critical thinking, existentialism, and formal logic. I later studied improv, as well as clown and bouffon, which not surprisingly, is an ideal background for facilitation. It gave me an incredible foundation of personal exploration, development, listening, and capacity to relate to others, as well as how to best use physical space to create meaning and presence.
My work today ranges from performing on stages for hundreds of people to having difficult conversations with CEOs as an executive coach. I also work as a content partner for Coursera and LinkedIn Learning. I use a unique combination of yoga, meditation, improv, clown, and puppetry, as well as community activism and negotiation skills to bring a holistic and experiential approach to facilitation.
My goal is to help my audience and participants stretch their comfort zones in fun, supportive, and thoughtful ways. I believe my role as a facilitator isn’t to “teach;” I work to shape micro cultures that allow participants to lead themselves towards what they need to learn.
One of my greatest joys is seeing something “click” for someone and facilitation helps create the environment that allows things to click for everyone present.