The Art of Convening
IN THIS SUMMARY
What if a meeting could change your life? In The Art of Convening, authors Craig and Patricia Neal offer a recipe for taking any meeting, gathering, or conversation and making it transformational. It starts with authentic engagement, the phenomenon that occurs when a person truly expresses what is true for them and listens attentively to what is true for others. Authentic engagement creates a feeling of connectedness that leads to better outcomes, no matter the purpose of the meeting. The authors define convening as the art of “holding” people in a safe environment so that authentic engagement can take place. The Art of Convening offers a set of practices and principles laid out in a logical sequence on a convening wheel. By following the points on the wheel, conveners can make any gathering better.