Difficult conversations often arise when people disagree with each other - leading to anger, frustration, avoidance and in some cases even intimidation. Usually someone wants to be ‘right’ and when people disagree, it is often due to how they have interpreted the ‘facts’ or the ‘different ways they have of interpreting the situation, conversations or events.
A facilitated discussion can help you transform a potentially difficult or uncomfortable conversation into an opportunity for growth by:
- Creating the opportunity for both parties to come together and talk through what has been going on with the support of a trained facilitator.
- Allowing each of you to share your story in a conversation so you can see how each of you has created meaning from the situation or the events that have unfolded.
- Being able to express your point of view and the opportunity to hear the other person’s point of view.
- Broadening your understanding of each other’s story and of the overall impact of the conflict.
- Coming to a new understanding of how to move forward for mutual success.
What happens in a facilitated session?
Facilitated discussions are flexible and whilst they are tailored to your needs, typically they consist of the following steps:
- Agreement on how you will work together in the session.
- Exploring the desired outcomes from the session.
- Sharing perspectives.
- Sharing what’s important for both of you.
- Contracting for success moving forward.