• Begin slowly and thoughtfully:  Observe others and listen well. Ask thoughtful questions. Be mindful of how you communicate as this will go a long way to insuring your input is well received and on target.
  • Recognize there are different ways to give constructive input:  Support and affirm what is going well. Offer feedback based on your direct experience. Provide suggestions/ideas/potential solutions for the future and/or respectfully express your differing viewpoints.
  • Tell your story in 30 seconds or less:  Share a short personal story in order to help make your point, but be careful not to lose your listeners by including too much detail.
  • Be aware you may have an emotional response:  Discussions can bring back powerful memories that trigger emotions. Learn and practice what strategies for staying calm and grounded will work for you.
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