Elfie J. Czerny

Elfie J. Czerny

Elfie J. Czerny is co-director of The Interactionalists and the Centre for Solution Focused Conversation and Leadership. Along with her partner Dominik and their daughter, they spent 2 1/2 years traveling in their solution-focused motorhome throughout Europe and North America with "SF on Tour." In the SIMPLY FOCUS Podcast, they share their enthusiasm for the diversity of solution-focused practice.
Elfie is passionate about helping people explore how to skillfully curate better conversations, professionally as well as in everyday life. She co-created several solution-focused online programs (www.sfontour.com/courses/), is the author of various professional articles, co-editor of the monthly magazine “Persönlichkeit!” and the book “Faszination Lösungsfokus”. When not writing, Elfie enjoys breath work and ice baths and focuses on finding beauty in the little things in the present moment.

16:15 - 17:00
SOLworld Hall

How the dialogue goes on…

Many people say "I didn't do anything, I was just listening", implying that listening is a passive activity. However, communication research has shown that listening in face-to-face conversations is an active process where listeners help shape the conversation. Despite this, the myth of listening as a passive activity has been reinforced by communication sciences.

This workshop will explore how solution-focused practitioners and their conversation partners collaborate in curating meaningful dialogues. Find out how SF practitioners utilize their listening to contribute to the process.

Together we will have a closer look at

  • how we as listeners co-narrate the story that is told.
  • how generic and specific listener responses contribute to the emerging story in face-to-face dialogue.
  • the significance of gaze windows and gaze in face-to-face dialogue.
  • how solution-focused practitioners listen to support their conversation partners in co-creating useful dialogues.

We will closely examine solution-focused conversations by analyzing video examples using microanalysis of face-to-face dialogue. This approach will allow us to observe and see what happens in a face-to-face conversation moment by moment.

Together we will explore and reflect how we can use these learnings for our individual solution-focused practice.

Format: Workshop
Level: Introductory and Intermediate/Advanced
No maximum number of attendees

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