Take responsibility for the quality of your participation and your conversation as a whole. Be proactive in getting yourself and others back on track if necessary. Use an agreed signal such as the “Time Out” sign if you feel that the agreements are not being respected. We will check. If you are aware with people of the purpose of the meeting and the format of the discussion, time is easy to reconcile. If you get time resistance, go back to step 2 and check the process. If they don‘t agree on the process, make sure you‘ve agreed on the outcome. Or let‘s start from scratch by negotiating a different result, perhaps an intermediate step. Don‘t pretend to move forward until you find the “why” that everyone can support. At the end of this meeting, we will both have a clear idea of whether my executive coaching is right for you at this stage of your business and your life. We have a specific and confidential conversation about you, your company and your goals. We will discuss your results and projects in detail. Please agree that we will speak privately for two hours and without interruption.
This is perhaps one of the weakest sentences of the agreement in English. Normally, people say this when they don‘t really engage in something, but also don‘t see why they should oppose it. Agreements and disagreements are usually about your personal thoughts and feelings about something. Phrases like “I think” or “in my opinion” make it clear that you are giving an opinion and not a fact. If you completely agree with someone, this simple sentence is appropriate. My conversation contract is based on a procedure developed by therapists to help people achieve good results in otherwise stressful conversations with spouses, teens, or a difficult boss. These lines from Katy Perry‘s song, “Agree to Disagree,” show that just because you don‘t agree with someone doesn‘t mean a friendly, romantic, or even professional relationship isn‘t possible. In fact, agreements and disagreements are part of any relationship. Have you ever been frustrated by a conversation, or walked out of a meeting thinking, “We weren‘t on the same side” or “I wish we had known we‘d talk about it.” It happens all the time, doesn‘t it? Using the conversation contract prevents these situations. This technique can even stop it the moment it threatens to ruin your meeting. This indicates a very strong agreement.. .