Holding Space,
Gathering Presence,
the Energetic Quality of It

a brainstorm list by PDX lab series students

body language and what a body does
being centered & grounded
eye contact
position in room
facing direction
smiling
props
clothing
wrote title on board
physical space clear

voice
voice quality
silence & pauses
clear language
words, announcements
tone: emotion, volumn, rate
preferatory comments, lead-in, soft start

culture & relationship
people’s expectations met
expectation by the facilitator
relationship & social capital

energy
ineffable energy presence
energy level at sweet spot between stress & relaxation
commanding presence
confidence
patience
preparedness
humor
breathing