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Top tips for hosting a great team Align conversation
Top tips for hosting a great team Align conversation

Our top 5 simple tips to run a great team conversation

Updated over a week ago

Simple tips to have a productive team conversation:

1) Use our Team Discussion Tool

  • We've created a tool that you can use live during the discussion. Check out a demo here - no need to prep a powerpoint!

  • Just click to start and it will give you a step-by-step framework for using during the discussion, and your team's results are automatically pre-populated. Here's a guide to use it!

2) Everyone knows the goal.

  • Start by reiterating the goal for the discussion.

  • You can return to this goal to orient the conversation if things get off track.

3) Everyone contributes.

  • Tell the team that everyone’s reflections and ideas are important for the team as a whole.

  • Start and end the meeting with a go-around to hear from each person.

4) Everyone is heard.

  • Demonstrate active listening: thank people when they speak and echo back to them what you’ve heard. 

  • Record ideas in the Discussion Tool, or a shared document with the team.

  • Disagreement and tension can be valuable: take time to explore areas of disagreement. 

5) Everyone understands the action items.

  • Action items should be aligned with the goal of the discussion.

  • Action items should be specific and measurable.

  • The group should agree together on actions that the whole group will take.

  • Individuals should determine their own follow-up actions.

Finally, for a longer version of our tips, we have a more comprehensive guide for running team conversations here.

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