This conversation raises the question "What is it that sustains someone over a long time, even a life time?
- Helen Keller quote (see file), printed out for everyone to read
Setting: The Helen Keller Quote should be printed out for everyone to read.
Pre-Work Required: It is good to have thought through your own answers to these questions so you know what to expect to some degree from the participants.
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: Pretty trusting one
Facilitator personality fit: The facilitator should be comfortable with these kinds of conversations
1. Have a participant read the section out of Helen Keller's Autobiography.
1. What words or phrases struck you?
2. What sustained Helen Keller or kept her going?
3. What did she know or believe that sustained her?
4. What activities or actions sustained her?
5. What does her story remind you of?
6. What things sustain people when they are facing great difficulty?
7. What specific readings or sayings or activities sustain you or keep you going in times of difficulty?
8.. What guidelines or wisdom would you give someone who is about to make a lifetime commitment?
Thank you very much. We will now move to ....
Follow-Up Required: Nothing specific
Usual or Expected Outcomes: some thinking about the things that motivate or sustain people.
Source: Jon Jenkins
Derived from: The Institute of Cultural Affairs Focused Conversation Method.
History of Development: This conversation was developed for an advanced Training of Trainers program for the Dutch Telephone company.
Recognizable components: The ToP basic or focused conversation method
Alternative names: Discussion of what sustains us over time