Dialogue When It Counts

March 4th, 2013

I use TIME as a structure for exploring and remembering the elements that can lead to real dialogue when it is important to have the conversation or emotions run high around it. TIME is appropriate because it takes time to have a meaningful conversation and the word reminds us to pause, consider and explore how to reset.

T= TRUTH. One needs to find one’s own truth in a situation by examining the emotions that have come up around it and by revisiting the experience and testing one’s conclusions.

I= INTENTION. Being clear about one’s intention entering into it can help one stay in dialogue and not become sidetracked or high-jacked. It will be strongest if it includes an intention of safety for both parties.

M= MONITOR the dialogue. Use known structures, elements and emotional intelligence to both speak one’s truth and listen for the other’s needs.

E= EXPLORE mutual meaning. Stay attuned to differences in perspective and opportunities for shared understanding, even creating new possibilities.

To these we can add:
D= DECIDE together what happens next.

I am presenting a workshop Friday morning, March 8, 2013 in Arlington. George Mason University’s registration

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