We can all play a part in improving respect and civility in our community. To help achieve this goal, our expectations are that we will:
- Listen attentively
Stay in the moment. Pay attention to what is being said instead of thinking ahead to what you want to say in response.
- Respect the opinions of others
You don’t have to agree. Respect that others have their own experiences that shape their opinions.
- Keep an open mind
Take time to weigh all sides of an issue.
- Give constructive comments, suggestions & feedback
Before you speak, ask yourself if what you have to say is helpful, civil, and necessary.
- Avoid personal attacks
Getting personal doesn’t advance the conversation, and doesn’t build a positive rebut.
- Remember the things we have in common
Start with what you agree on. You may have less disagreement than you thought.
- Value people, the process, and the results
If others are willing to discuss difficult issues, show appreciation for their participation and the results.
For you to consider:
What other meetings could you use these expectations? Are people in leadership positions being good role models of respectful behavior? Are there any additional expectations that would be beneficial for your group to add?