A Recipe for Dialogue

Facilitating dialogue cannot be reduced to a step-by-step process. Yet it is helpful to observe steps that have worked before. I present an all-too-clear, all-too-directive “recipe” for the setup leading to dialogue. Take it with a grain of salt. Use what you want. And for goodness’ sake, don’t follow it word for word. Notice the basic structure and then create your own process to fit your own situation.

The recipe follows a linear progression. I never do it in the same order twice, but this order is as good as any:

Before You Begin

What Is Dialogue to You?

“Wants/Don’t Wants” Process

Your Role as Facilitator

Building Expectations for Dialogue

Using Icons: Five Stages of Dialogue

Going Slow to Go Fast

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