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From the Ted Talk by Eve Pearlman: How to lead a conversation between people who disagree

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So how do we work? At every stage, we're as tepsranarnt as possible about our moetdhs and our motives. At every satge, we take time to answer people's questions — explain why we're doing what we're doing. We tell people that it's not a trap: no one's there to tell you you're stupid, no one's there to tell you your experience doesn't matter. And we always ask for a really different sort of behavior, a repatterning away from the reflexive name-calling, so entrenched in our discourse that most of us, on all sides, don't even notice it anymore.

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So how do we work? At every stage, we're as ___________ as possible about our _______ and our motives. At every _____, we take time to answer people's questions — explain why we're doing what we're doing. We tell people that it's not a trap: no one's there to tell you you're stupid, no one's there to tell you your experience doesn't matter. And we always ask for a really different sort of behavior, a repatterning away from the reflexive name-calling, so entrenched in our discourse that most of us, on all sides, don't even notice it anymore.

Solution

  1. stage
  2. methods
  3. transparent

Original Text

So how do we work? At every stage, we're as transparent as possible about our methods and our motives. At every stage, we take time to answer people's questions — explain why we're doing what we're doing. We tell people that it's not a trap: no one's there to tell you you're stupid, no one's there to tell you your experience doesn't matter. And we always ask for a really different sort of behavior, a repatterning away from the reflexive name-calling, so entrenched in our discourse that most of us, on all sides, don't even notice it anymore.

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Important Words

  1. answer
  2. anymore
  3. behavior
  4. discourse
  5. entrenched
  6. experience
  7. explain
  8. matter
  9. methods
  10. motives
  11. notice
  12. people
  13. questions
  14. reflexive
  15. repatterning
  16. sides
  17. sort
  18. stage
  19. stupid
  20. time
  21. transparent
  22. work