The news environment is throwing sound bites of information. Politicians spew carefully crafted words, even defining new phrases.
When faced with sound bites, try these questions to help you with your position and understand another’s:
• Do I believe what I’ve heard?
• I don’t like what I’ve heard, but for those who feel that way, what do they deeply care about?
• Is what’s being said based on a fact, an assumption, a false conclusion?
• What might happen to others from my ideas?
• What are the trade-offs I am, or not, willing to make about what’s being said?
• What is valuable to me or those who support this way of thinking?
• Could it be I am mistaken in my belief?
• Would I come to the same conclusion about some other person in a similar situation?
• Why should I continue to act and feel as if this were true if there is no good reason to believe it?
Questioning and verifying what we hear is good for ourselves, our businesses, communities, and country.
It’s the Be WUCA! Way.
These questions can grow your community! Check it out at http://www.bewuca.com/blog/community-engagement-institute