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USING GIFTS TO BUILD CONNECTIONS Developed by Michael Smull with Lynne Plourde Kelly, Marg Eggert, Helen Sanderson and Cindy Kernan January 2008.

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1 USING GIFTS TO BUILD CONNECTIONS Developed by Michael Smull with Lynne Plourde Kelly, Marg Eggert, Helen Sanderson and Cindy Kernan January 2008

2 Not just better plans… Help people get better lives © The Learning Community for Essential Lifestyle Planning, Inc. 2006

3 Service Life Community Life Important for addressed No organized effort to address important to To and for present Active circle of support Included in community life To and for present Closest people are paid or family Few real connections Moving from Service Life to Community Life A Good Paid Life Focus on connecting, building relationships and natural supports Important to present Important to recognized © The Learning Community for Essential Lifestyle Planning, Inc. 2006

4 A Good Paid Life Service Life Community Life Moving from Service Life to Community Life Important for addressed No organized effort to address important to To and for present Active circle of support Included in community life To and for present Closest people are paid or family Few real connections © The Learning Community for Essential Lifestyle Planning, Inc. 2006

5 Relationship Maps Family Family Persons Name Home and other paid support s Work/D ay Service s/Schoo l

6 Use a success poster

7 FROM PRESENCE TO CONTRIBUTION BeingPresent Having a Presence Actively Participating Connecting with Others Contributing Going to the Football game Wearing Team Colours Cheering and shouting at the referee Joining the Supporters Club Setting up the team magazine

8 Understand What you hear depends on what you are listening for Listen © The Learning Community for Essential Lifestyle Planning, Inc. 2006

9 THE FIVE QUESTIONS 1. What do we know about what is important to the focus person, what does the focus person enjoy doing? 2. What do others like and admire about the focus person? 3. What does the focus person, do well? 4. How is the focus person smart? 5. What have those who like and admire the focus person learned from the focus person, how has the focus person, contributed to their lives how has the focus person, made a difference in their lives? © The Learning Community for Essential Lifestyle Planning, Inc ? ? ? ?

10 BRAINSTORMING RULES 1. All ideas are captured in a list 2. The list should include the most silly and far out ideas. 3. No editing until the list is generated 4. Questions of clarity are expected and should also be asked of the person and a list should be generated. Dont forget to include the person in this process. Then ask: Given what we have learned where might (the persons name) gifts and contributions be appreciated? Given what we have learned where might (the persons name) gifts and contributions be appreciated?

11 LIKERT SCALE 1. Not at this time 2. Fair idea 3. Good idea 4. Very good idea 5. Exceptional idea

12 ACTION PLAN

13 In pairs 4 minute turns for all 4 questions Listener gives good attention Thinker talks 4 minutes Swap Share freshest thinking with the group in a round Post 1-2 of the best ideas per question Adapted from Kline, Nancy. (1998). Time to Think: Listening to Ignite the Human Mind. Cassell Illustrated. Timed Talk

14 What did you learn? What will you try based on what you learned? (what will you start on right now?) What do you think you can accomplish? What will your challenges/obstacles be? What did you learn? What will you try based on what you learned? (what will you start on right now?) What do you think you can accomplish? What will your challenges/obstacles be? 4 Questions © The Learning Community for Essential Lifestyle Planning, Inc. 2006

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