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Dialogue Gap: Why Communication Isn't Enough and What We Can Do About It, Fast by Peter Nixon

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Appendix A

What Prevents Effective Dialogue?

Main Dialogue Blockers© V1.8

Name: _________________________________________________

Organization:___________________________________________

Date/Location:__________________________________________

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Presence Problems

Identify in the following what prevents or diminishes your presence and how severe these causes are

The main reasons preventing me from being 100 percent present when in dialogue with others include: Top Blockers Severity High Medium Low
1 My cell phone keeps ringing.
2 I have big problems to worry about.
3 They interrupt me at the wrong time.
4 I have trouble turning off.
5 My e-mail keeps alerting me.
6 Nonstop interruptions.
7 Simultaneous crisis.
8 I can’t relax.
9 Stress takes a while to subside.
10 One problem tips the scale and I’m lost in my thoughts again.
11 I don’t practice presence.
12 I never learned how to be present.
13 People don’t look me in the eye.
14 People don’t show they care.
15 People are doing something else when I want to talk to them.
16 The history between us overpowers the present moment.
17 I don’t see any future in this relationship.
18 I’d rather be doing something else.
19 I’m waiting to start something else.
20 I’m unable to respect, suspend, listen, talk for reasons previously listed.
21 They are ...

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