Facilitator asks participants to:
Think about the most recent invitation that you accepted and the most recent invitation that you rejected, write down the reasons for this.
tThink about two people you would like to be involved in the dialogue. One who you think is likely to join you and one who you can’t imagine wanting to join you. Draft an invitation for each of them.
*You can ask people to do the above with their cameras turned off, helping them get more in their mind and feeling less self-conscious
Facilitator introduces the ‘inner critic’:
In everything that we do we always have an inner critic running a commentary on what we think and do, and how we do it. Sometimes this critic can be helpful but a lot of the time it ends up being our worst critic and can stop us from doing things, such as stepping away from our comfort zone.
Facilitator puts people in breakout groups for them to share their invitations with each other. People should help each other develop the best parts of the others’ invitations.
Back in the main room, ask people what they learned from each others’ invitations.
Inviting people to join you in something, especially when you are on your own, can be a very vulnerable thing to do. Having this preparation where people can reflect on their own experiences and learn from others can help them feel more confident in the process.