Fun Coaching – workshop

by Bernard De Koven

First session (what’s fun for you)

Opening Game: Identity Exchange (losing and finding yourself)

Overview of course and introduction to Fun Coaching

  • Defining fun – major (flow) and minor fun

Fun list (interview each other – begin a list that describes what’s fun in your life)

  • be sure to include ativities and experiences including both extremes of fun
  • some key questions:
    • What’s fun for you (make list)
    • What’s the most fun (organize list)
    • (Pick an item that interests you.)
      • What’s fun about that
      • How do you make it more fun
      • What happens when it’s not as much fun as you wanted it to be
    • What else can you add to the list
    • (Pick another item)
      • What does it feel like when it feels “good” (right, satisfying, rewarding…)

Defining fun

  • Game review (we’ll be using this process frequently, together and in pairs)
    • Identify three “fun moments” during the game.
    • What did you do to make the game as fun as it was?
    • What were other people doing to help make it fun?
    • What else contributed to making it fun?

Coliberation

communing with community

Improvisational gaming

games anywhere – creating fun

Assignment:

  • Review and revise your funlist
  • Meet (face-to-face and/or virtually) with your coach/partner – describe moments of fun as you go about:
    • Eating
    • Resting, napping, sleeping
    • Bathing
    • Cleaning
    • Waiting
    • Walking
    • Driving
    • Meditating
    • Getting massaged
    • Working

Second session (expanding the fun repertoire)

Report and review: what is fun for you? how does fun coaching heal?

A tour of deepFUN.com, and an introduction to computer-supported coaching

The games we will be playing this session can be played as a group, in pairs, as well as in solitary contemplation.

Begin with these group games:

Then these:

Then these games, which can be played in groups, in pairs, and in solitary contemplation:

Transformational Games

group games, playing with meaning

Discussion: the connections between fun and joy

Elements of fun coaching

  • the most important question: what are you doing for fun
    • find someone else to be your fun coach
    • keep exploring your own fun
  • begin with a survey of what the client does for fun
  • the main goal: help the client expand that list
  • always focus on fun (with your client and yourself)
  • make conversation itself fun
  • in subsequent meetings, review the client’s fun list, add to it, prioritize
  • use deep fun for quotes, thoughts to email client between meetings
  • work with individuals in as many different settings as comfortable: online, via email, Skype; face-to-face – on walks, over coffee, watching kids at a playground…
  • working with groups:
    • use the games follow the processes we used in these two workshop sessions
    • whenever possible, follow up with individual meetings as above

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