When we are having conversations with others it can be common for 'hotspots' to occur.
These hotspots are moments in the conversation where the atmosphere changes, they tend to be something you notice with different parts of your body (i.e stomach clenching).
Tell participants about hotspots and ask them to share if they notice any. They can do so by simply stating:
‘this feels like a hotspot’
This can then encourage the group to stop and reflect on what is happening and how it can be addressed.
It is easy to ignore hotspots and keep conversations going. However, if we do this it is likely that the same things that caused the hotspot in the first place will continue to happen, if we address hotspots it is more likely that our conversations will progress.