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CREATE Conversations in your community
Interested in creating conversation and connection in your area? Here are some suggestions to help you get started.
Create a community around a topic of interest. Join www.meetups.com to start your own or find a few that suit you.
Meet Ups are a great place to meet new people for various purposes – to network, create friendships, support, to learn from and more.
From 17th century France and England to the present day, salons have flourished as a place where creative souls would meet to discuss art, literature, politics and probably themselves.
The art of coming together with intention has been forgotten. We live in an era where facts can be attained by tapping a few strokes into Goggle. Many people do not set time aside for stories and debates.
Gather people together for conversation and reflection. Start with a topic: an era, musician, technology, or a philosophy and allow the conversation to take its own direction. Send out a series of questions and allow for some controversy. Every voice gets heard, questioned, and celebrated. Egos get checked at the door and no one person is expected to be the smartest in the room.
Keep it simple. Plan a few things in advance. Select a diverse group of people that you believe will encourage conversation. Either create the meal as a pot luck or plan a no fuss menu – something you know and that won’t require much of your time once the guests have arrived.
Select 2-3 conversation questions in advance. Here are some suggestions:
- What does it mean to show up authentically? At work? At home?
- How does one blend a rich mindful life with all the technology and demands on our time?
- How do we create more mindfulness at work and at home?
Other suggestions – ask people to offer questions or research a hot topic in a category that is important to this group.
During cocktails and appetizers, launch the evening with one question. Once dinner starts, that question becomes complete. You decide when the next question should be posed – perhaps it accompanies dessert or after the meal all together.
Sometimes called power circles, talking circles, healing circles, or p-circles, they all share the same quality – to forge a circle with no beginning and no end where all are equal and voices enter the inner circle.
Circles have traditionally helped groups solve problems. They are an effective way to remove barriers and allow people to express themselves with complete freedom. For this reason, they are increasing in popularity outside spiritual and native circles. Circles can now be found in schools, board rooms, team dressing rooms and more.
How it works: everyone sits in a circle and not around a table, a circle with open space. A token such as a talking stick, is passed clockwise around the circle. As each person receives the token, they may speak for as long as they wish. When they have finished, they pass the token along. If someone chooses not to speak when they receive the token, they may simply pass it on. The token may go around several times until everyone has had an opportunity to speak.
Some guidelines that help circles to function:
- Only one person speaks at a time – whoever is holding the token may speak. Dialogues are not part of the circle as they can become confrontational
- Introduce yourself – on your first round, simply tell people your name
- Speak from the heart – address the circle from the heart and speak for as long as you need to. Be respectful of the time so that others also have a chance to speak.
- Listen with respect – all people listen attentively and give support to the person speaking. Listening with heart allows you to hear the true intent beneath what the speaker is saying.
What is said in the circle stays in the circle – never repeat anything that is said within the circle, unless you have permission of the speaker.
People working one-on-one with a coach to help them determine where they are right now in life or business versus where they want to be. Together with the coach, they brainstorm and identify what’s holding the person back from achieving their goals and create plans to overcome these obstacles.
Group coaching brings the coaching conversation into a small group context. It’s an intimate conversation space, focused on goal setting, deepening awareness around key issues, taking action and accountability. Participants benefit from peer learning with others – the collective wisdom of the group. Some people prefer this method of coaching as it feels ‘less on the spot’, allowing them more time to reflect and integrate their insights.
Regardless of the coaching program, many modalities are integrated into the process including mindfulness, vulnerability, positive/emotional intelligence, neuroscience and more.
Many community centres, career centres, and offices offer programs.
This activity either appeals or scares people. Putting yourself out there to ask for help, tips, job leads, business referrals or more can trigger excitement or anxiety. Get an idea of what you’re comfortable with doing – in person meeting, group environments, or over the phone.
Simply know what the purpose of your networking activity. Prepare a few questions in advance and start reaching out to people you know with your ask.
There are lots of resources available on line to help you prepare.
There are many different ways to design and run a workshop. Your workshop could be an hour long or a full weekend. It’s up to the designer and the topic to be covered. Workshops are interactive, they are not lectures, talks, or anything else that is one way only. Participants are instructed on an element, given time for reflection and to the activity, with the host assisting with learning points gathered from the whole group throughout.
Workshops often offer different means of learning – visual aids, handouts, sharing of stories, pre-work materials, etc.
Depending on your needs google for some suggestions to make your workshop as dynamic as possible.
A mastermind group typically includes 4-6 people who share a similar vision, synergizing energy, commitment and excitement. It is a community of supportive colleagues who brainstorm to move the group to new heights.
In a mastermind group, the agenda belongs to the group and each person’s participation is key. Peers provide feedback, help brainstorm new possibilities and set up accountability structures to keep you focused and on track. Participants benefit by tapping into the experience and skills of others, increase their confidence by talking about direction and approach, and get a boost to their everyday positive mental attitude.
Start one with others you know or explore ones that are already in existence and looking for new members.
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Have something planned? Share some information and how to participate. It’s a place to stimulate authentic dialogue that will impact and inspire action toward conscious living. Conversations are on various topics, allow for discussion, reflection and to come together with intention. Please note this is not a space for contributors to consider as an additional promotional space for their event. Some listings are free to join and others may have a cost. Please refer to each listing. The Conversation Project does not profit from any monies gathered through these paid events.
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