Technique 1.96 Appreciative Interviews


This is an alternative technique to turning points. It takes less time and is easier to run; however, it is less impactful as the link between self-disclosure and truth is not as obvious.

It is

"...An activity for building relationships and community in a workshop while developing shared facilitator/disciplineresponsibility..."

Bob Dick, 2021b

There are 3 roles, ie observer, respondent and coach:

- observer (be a good listener; keep the atmosphere positive and enjoyable; be timekeeper)

- respondent (be authentic; expression yourself with optimism and enthusiasm; undue modesty is unhelpful)

- coach (have positive expectations; identify the important parts that contribute to the story; decide how to use the learning)

 These roles can be rotated.

The coach's role

Coach's role Types of questions to use
1. Asked the respondent to think of their achievements; celebrate their achievements; be a good listener "...Think back over your life so far. Think of times when it went really well for you and you achieved a lot. In a brief sentence for each, what were some of those times?
2. Asked them to choose one and explain in more detail, ie what happen; encourage them to talk; enjoy their story Choose one of those times when you felt successful and effective, in control, joyfully living in the moment. Tell me about it all - what happened? How did it take place?
3. Elicit from them the personal qualities that contributed to their success What did it feel like? What was it about you and what did that contribute to your success? What talent, skills and qualities on your part helped you to be so successful?
4. How can they best use these qualities in the future; aim high and be optimistic? How could you use those talents, those qualities, those skills, to help you to be what you want to be - to make future changes in your life and your work?
5. Focused on the present, ie now; how can they use their talents to achieve something valuable for themselves from the workshop What are you going to achieve from this workshop? And what are you going to do to use those talents and skills and qualities, to make the workshop a truly valuable experience for yourself?
6. How can you make a workshop more valuable for every one participating? How are you going to use the same talents to make the workshop memorable and valuable for the other participants?..."

Bob Dick, 2021b

NB Be prepared to discuss results from items 5 and 6 with the whole group


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