We believe that in a short workshop – like a Safe Zone (yes… we believe 3 hours is short)- it is not the wisest use of time to have participants create ground rules themselves. Sam and Meg simply lay these out after introductions and prior to any activities happening.
Feel free to modify these so that you feel comfortable and feel they create the environment that you want each workshop to take place in!
1. No Phones
No matter how good you are at multi-tasking, we ask you to turn off your phone, resist
texting and all that jazz. We will take a break and you can send a quick text but other
than that – resist!
2. Questions, Questions, Questions
Please feel free to ask questions at anytime throughout this workshop. As long as someone isn’t midsentence there is not an inappropriate time to ask a question. Even if it isn’t relevant to the topic – throw it out there – and if we will get to it later we can let you know – but get it off your mind and into ours!
3. Vegas Rule
Slightly modified! So during the workshop someone may share something really personal, may ask a question, may say something that they wouldn’t want attached to their name outside this space. So remember that learning leaves and the names stay. You’re welcome to share anything that we say in this space with others and attach it to our name but be respectful of other people and take away the learning not the names.
We really appreciate it if at some point… y’all could laugh! This workshop is going to be fun, we try to be funny, so just know… it’s ok to laugh! Laughter indicates that you’re awake, that you’re paying attention, that we haven’t killed your soul, so yeah… go ahead and do that!
5. 1 – 5, 5 – 1
If you are someone who participates often and is really comfortable talking – awesome do it. But recognize that after you’ve shared a few times to leave space for other people to also put their ideas out there. So count to 5 after you’ve shared a few times before you share again so that someone who hasn’t shared and isn’t as quick to jump in has a few seconds to jump in there. If you usually wait to share… jump in!
6. Reserve the Right to Change Your Mind
If you say something and then later disagree with yourself, that is a-okay! This is a safe space to say something and then later feel differently and change your mind. (We even encourage it).
These ground rules are included in our ready to rock curriculum — and you can also download PDF of the ground rules here .