As a good facilitator, when I walk into a room, I know when the crowd will be tough and when the crowd will be amenable, in about 30 seconds after I get into the room.
There are tough crowds everywhere in my life, from my house and family, to the individual interactions that I have at church.
There are two key elements I’ve found that I can focus on when overcoming the psychic weight of the tough crowd:
Never lose focus on the point you’re making.
Don’t get caught in their weeds.
A tough crowd seeks to move me for their own motives, motivations, desires and outcomes. However, there is nothing like not moving, to keep me in sharp rhetorical shape.
-Peace Be With You All-
Jesan Sorrells, MA
Principal Conflict Engagement Consultant
Human Services Consulting and Training (HSCT)
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