- Provide Context
Sharing the back story allows the conversation to happen in a specific context and enables you to consider the most important elements to realize your goals.
Hint: Pay attention to the reason you are bringing forth the conversation, and what you want to achieve.
2. Be Specific
Asking for what you want creates clarity and eliminates guessing. By being precise and concise you create a space to think and dream. The tighter and more specific the summary, the more creative we can be.
Hint: Consider your degree of empathy. Know that there is no judging in brainstorming — it allows for creativity.
3. Be Inviting
When people feel comfortable to be themselves, they do their most creative thinking, speaking, and listening.
Hint: Consider how you are creating a welcoming atmosphere for everyone to participate.
4. Start with, "how might" and "yes and…"
Open up possibilities and allow for knowledge to emerge in response to compelling questions. Asking "how might we” help attracts collective energy, insight, and action as we move throughout the conversation
Hint: Find questions that are relevant to the real-life concerns of the group.
5. Encourage everyone’s contribution
Most people don't only want to participate, they want to actively contribute to making a difference. It is important to encourage everyone in your conversation to contribute their ideas and perspectives, while also allowing anyone who wants to participate by simply listening to do so.
Hint: Consider asking a specific individual(s) who you think might be sympathetic to the conversation to contribute.