The Art of Convening: Authentic Engagement in Meetings, Gatherings, and Conversations


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by Craig Neal, Patricia Neal. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2011.

In a meeting or conversation, how can a leader create an environment where all parties feel valued, included, and authentically engaged? This source not only lays out practices and principles, but also emphasizes the importance of heart and spirit. Founders of Heartland, Inc., an organization that teaches connection skills, these authors have created the Convening Wheel, a nine-step path that enables conveners (leaders) to fully develop their ability to lead productive encounters. It starts with asking, “Who am I in relationship with others?” and then moves to clarifying intent, invitation, and context setting. This enables creating an environment where all voices are heard and productive conversations occur that lead to creativity and committed action. Each chapter explores a step by explaining the concept, challenge involved, underlying principle, and essential questions. A “Making it Real” section zeroes in on practical application and brings the reader back to self-reflection. This source offers valuable training in the art of positive conversations that lead to synergy.

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