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Important breakthroughs in thinking and behavior occur with these tips

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Facilitator Tip

When you run a meeting, it can be very helpful to “hold up a mirror.” Simply state what you observe.

Step 1

Begin your observation with statements like:

  • “I’m noticing that…”
  • “It looks like…”
  • “What I’m seeing is…”

Step 2

Then describe what you see without evaluating it:

  • “Three people have left and returned in the last five minutes.”
  • “Several furrowed foreheads.”
  • “People have become silent.”

Step 3

Then, ask for underlying reasons:

“Let’s take a look at what’s going on.”
“What are people thinking right now?”
“What is this telling us?”

By holding up a mirror, you offer the group renewed self-awareness, leading to important breakthroughs in thinking and behavior.

For more facilitator tips, see our Blog.

 

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