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Post-Election Resource 2: A First-Draft Conversation

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We hope last week’s reflective exercise helped ground you in your deepest values and think about who your best political self is in this post-election moment. Hold on to those pieces of yourself as we move forward.
 
This week’s exercise will help you have a first-draft conversation about the election with someone you feel comfortable with—a close friend, family member, or confidant.
 
When you begin having conversations about topics where the stakes feel high—especially following a stressful event or challenge—they are often raw, emotional, and messy. Let’s get that first draft out of your system.

Your partner in this conversation should be someone with whom you’ll feel no temptation to change their mind—someone you trust, who will listen to you with generosity, empathy, and the best of intentions.

Click here to download EP's free Post-Election Week 2 resource.

This exercise will help you feel more confident and competent when you enter into a dialogue with people you don’t know as well, or whose views and values differ from your own. We also hope it helps you feel heard and understood, so that you feel energized to offer others the same gift.
 
We have designed this week’s exercise for one-on-one conversations. You’ll need time and space to reach a level of depth that only comes with patience. Start slow. Make sure both people have an opportunity to talk about what matters most.
 
For week 3, we’ll invite you to begin stretching your comfort zone—to reach out to someone who might be having a different response to the election than you’re having. With personal reflection and this first conversation completed, you’ll be ready.
 
As always, reach out to us for help or guidance. We are here for you.

John Sarrouf Co-Executive Director and Director of Program Development at Essential Partners. John has facilitated dialogues on issues such as sustainability, gender, Israel-Palestine, religious pluralism, and technology and sexuality.

Katie joined Essential Partners after completing her graduate studies at Tufts University's Fletcher School, where her research in religious conflicts focused on the need for effective communication in complex political issues.