Tell about your experience with activities or work similar to the recipient's.
This is a gift of storytelling. Tell what you (or others) did and what happened as a result of being in similar projects, activities, or circumstances.
To avoid moralizing:
- Label what you say as simply your experiences. Tell it as factually as possible, separating specifics and details from your interpretation and judgement.
- Invite the recipient to construct their own questions and draw their own conclusions.
- Invite them to interview you and ask their own questions about your story.
- Tell third-party experiences only as an invitation to investigate for one's self. Anything else is gossip.
Ways to Introduce Telling Your Experiences
- "Let me tell you what happened to me when I did/said THAT (or was in the situation), and see what you think…"
- "I have some insights/conclusions/assessments about… Would you like to hear how I came to them?"
- "This is what happened to… You could probably get more and better information from him/her."
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