Guidelines For Dialogue

1. Dialogue is a two-way process; it involves balancing deep listening and open honest sharing.

2. Everyone is encouraged to speak.

3. Risk trusting other people with your feelings and experience.

4. Share what feels comfortable for you – don’t go beyond that.

5. You do not need a clear position or to be an expert; it is okay to be confused or to change your mind.

6. People who listen more than they speak often have more of value to share.

7. Try to be present for the full process as absence can have a negative impact.

8. If you feel uncomfortable, you may need to take time out, but let the facilitator know.

9. Take care to listen well.

10. Feel free to ask if you don’t understand.

11. Dialogue is not about agreement it is about deepening understanding.

12. Question what you hear and what you think.

13. Keep an open mind.

14. Help and support each other throughout the process.

15. The facilitator is there to support you.