Using the Calibrating Conversation with the Other Support Functions

During August, Sustaining the Thinking Collaborative Journey will explore the Calibrating Conversation. Thinking Collaborative provides a one-day training in this unique conversation map for those who have completed the Cognitive Coaching Foundation Seminar®.

Although the Calibrating Conversation is grounded in the Cognitive CoachingSM support function, it can also be used in each of the other support functions.

The Calibrating Conversation can be used in the collaborating support function when two people share data to develop mutual understanding/meaning. In such a conversation, it is important that both parties contribute to the conversation in a balanced manner.

In the consulting support function, the coach has expertise about the standard. In this case, the coach would be providing information to explain aspects of the document with the intention to increase understanding of the document.

In the evaluating support function, the evaluator might ask the person to complete the evaluation document and the evaluator would also complete the document. The focus of the conversation would then be on comparing the two assessments and understanding each person’s point of view.

What might be some applications of this conversation that would support your work?