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