No matter who started the conversation, no matter whose issue was explored in depth, we can all take something of value away from each meeting. By allocating a specific time at the end of the meeting to share takeaways, we encourage greater self-reflection. And as I hear what you took away, I may agree, may take away a different point, or may be sparked to consider a new approach. Possible takeaways may be in any of these categories:
Question: I wonder why? What if? How come? Would I…? Can I…?
Appreciation: I want to express gratitude to a fellow forum member or to someone else in my life. I will do that before the next forum meeting!
Issue: I need to pursue, explore, gain a greater understanding of X, so I can do a better job of Y.
Perspective: Wow! That’s a new angle, a whole new way to think about my problem or opportunity.
Insight: I can now more keenly see the true nature of my situation, because….
Idea: A new conviction, conception, opinion, principle, or framework is forming in my mind!
Connection: I need to make a note to reach out to person A to pursue…. Or maybe a forum mate can introduce me to person B?
Intention: I have a new goal, purpose, or objective in mind. I need to flesh this out further.
Action: I have a new S.M.A.R.T. goal, one that is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-framed. Shall I tell my forum mates about this goal, so they can serve as my accountability witnesses?