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Leading a Sensitive Conversation

How to Run a Meeting About Sensitive Topics

Use the helpful strategies in this meeting agenda template to facilitate group discussions about sensitive topics. While the techniques outlined can help to create more open dialogue in any meeting, they will be particularly valuable during potentially difficult conversations in which it’s important to hear the perspectives of everyone present.

In this type of high-stakes meeting, the facilitator's mission is to manage their own emotions, while also helping the participants to manage theirs. The ultimate goal of these types of discussions is for the group to get all opinions out on the table, while also leaving the room without lingering grudges.

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Meeting Goal

Work through a sensitive topic

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Agenda Overview

  1. Welcome the Group
  2. Commit to Discussion Guidelines
  3. Discussion (varies by topic)
  4. Closing

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