So grateful to have been able to present at the Learning Forward conference in Denver. While I thought I would have about 70 attendees, the final number was over 100. I enjoyed spending about 2 hours with participants, talking about communication, trust and the importance of relationship building in education and....well.....any industry in which we work.
One participant shared a strategy for how to be better at seeking first to understand a frustrating parent. She joked "I know it might sound odd but I say to myself, even if I don't believe it, 'That parent is doing the best she can because she loves her child so much'." I think we do this sometimes----fake it 'til we make it. Keep looking at the positive until, perhaps, that positive outlook has actually become the truth or it has at least paved the way for our survival through a difficult conversation or conference.
I look forward to many more chances to share what I have learned and learn from sharing with others.