Our lives are enriched immeasurably by open and free conversation. In authentic dialogue we open ourselves to new ideas, new friends, new worlds. Through conversation we grow and learn, we express compassion, we touch others and let others touch us. In conversation, we live the experiences of our lives, in spirited, moving talks around kitchen tables, beside fireplaces, at summer cottages, in winter lodges, in automobiles, in classrooms and, we hope, in training sessions.
Recently, the Center has conducted research on how to increase the amount and quality of dialogue occurring during training session. The result is Partnership Learning, a method for planning and delivering staff development sessions in which memorable conversations take a central role. Partnership Learning is a simple, yet powerful, training methodology involving several core principles that are embodied in six easy-to-learn training strategies. This article provides a brief overview of the partnership principles and strategies so you can consider whether they might be useful methods to try out in your training sessions.