What is Focused Conversation about ?
The Focused Conversation method provides an effective structure for discussion to take place. It works well because it follows a natural human process of experiencing, thinking and deciding. The method provides the facilitator with the set of tools to skilfully formulate questions that allow all participants to contribute to a genuinely inclusive discussion that achieves the conversation’s intended aims.
The Focused Conversation can be used in any conversation a group of people is having, where they need to come up with a collective way forward. It helps people to flow through a natural thinking process collectively and not get stuck.
Focused Conversation can be used in many situations as a basis to:
- Collect data and ideas
- Discuss difficult issues
- Reflect on important issues or events
- Work as a group on presentations and reports
- Reflect on accomplishments or failures, with an opportunity for learning
- Focus multiple interests on a particular topic or issues
- Increase understanding of ‘givens’ in a situation
- Explore levels of consensus that may already exist within the group
- Avoid heated arguments by provoking thoughtful dialogue
- Move any discussion to a productive end
- Reach a level of shared awareness on a given topic or issue
Is participant experience relevant for Focused Conversation ?
Audience description for Focused Conversation
Any groups that would like to communicate more effectively & inclusively. Facilitators that are looking for a basic tool to host clear and structured conversations.
Prepare the structure that you would like to follow. What is the conversation about? What could be helpful questions in each of the phases?
Check-out or closing
Yes, the facilitator can follow the same structure