DIALOGUE SKILLS

Dialogic Practices

Without the Dialogic Practices high quality conversation is impossible.  The Practices strengthen the ‘container’, which is the atmosphere within which we talk and think together. In a strong container where the Practices are present, people feel safe to say what they think and feel and there energy for successful change.  The 4 Dialogic Practices are:

Voice – making known your own unique and authentic contribution, rather than saying what you think others want to hear or want you to say.

Listening – giving attention to others and what they mean, rather than being distracted by your own thoughts.

Respect – taking others and their views seriously, rather than violating them by dismissing and disregard their perspective.

Suspension – noticing and enquiring in how you interpret data and make assumptions, and the implications of doing so rather than simply remaining certain of your position.

They are called the Practices because you can always get better at them.  Certain situations will test your ability to maintain the Practices.   

 

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