Tired of small talk? Try some big talk!
Drop by for conversations that matter.
Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:30am
Conversation Café is an open, hosted conversation where anyone is welcome to join in. There is nothing to join, no homework, no agenda, just a simple process that helps to shift us from small talk to BIG talk--conversations that matter. A simple format helps people feel at ease and gives everyone who wants it a chance to speak—it’s also fine for people to simply listen.
Each week we’ll have a different topic or question to start the conversation, and then where it goes is up to the participants.
Drop in and join us for a great conversation!
Refreshments! No charge! (Donations welcome)
Suggestions for topics & questions welcome!
February 19, 2020 - What is like to live on the Peninsula?
How do you express love?
What small, kind gestures make a big difference?
What do you do for fun in the fall?
What causes stress and how does it affect you?
Conversation Café Agreements
Open-mindedness: Listen to and respect all points of view.
Acceptance: Suspend judgment as best you can.
Curiosity: Seek to understand rather than persuade.
Discovery: Question assumptions, look for new insights.
Sincerity: Speak from your heart and personal experience.
Brevity: Go for honesty and depth but don’t go on and on.
Conversation Café Process
Assemble up to 8 people plus host, hearty topic, a talking object, and time (60-90 min.). Host explains process and agreements.
Round 1: Pass around the talking object; each person speaks briefly to the topic, no feedback or response.
Round 2: Again with talking object, each person deepens their own comments or speaks to what has meaning now.
Dialogue: Open, spirited conversation. Use talking object if there is domination, contention, or lack of focus.
Final Round: With talking object, each person says briefly what challenged, touched or inspired them.
Questions to Go Deeper
- What happened that led you to this point of view?
- How does this affect you personally?
- I’m curious, can you say more about that…
- Here’s what I heard…is that what you mean?