Principles of conversation

The following principles of conversation are from The Art of Convening by Craig & Patricia Neal with Cynthia Wold:

Listen

  • … with respect for all the voices.
  • …  without fixing, problem-solving, advice-giving.

Speak from Your Own Experience

  • Speak from the “l,”from your own experience.
  • What is on your mind/heart?

Slow Down the Conversation

  • Allow pauses between speakers.

Suspend Certainty

  • Notice your assumptions.
  • Look for the surprises.

Allow Space for Difference

  • Be aware of your judgments.
  • Honor the questions and the inquiry.
  • … and, you can always take back what you said.

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