2.1 Speak Up, Speak Out Conversations



Focusing on our experiences as they are, rather than as they used to be or as we wish they could be is the only way to truly and accurately assess one’s personal strengths and limitations.

Core competency: 

Talking piece – a stone, ornament or kush ball to signal the speaker.

10 minutes per dialogue prompt


An activity that fosters self-awareness by encouraging participants to voice their emotions, personal insights and experiences.


Building self-awareness increases one’s ability to accurately recognize the influence that personal thoughts and emotions have on behaviour. It helps participants recognize who they are, when they are stressed or under pressure. The better your participants understand themselves, the better they are to accept or make change.


Gather participants in a circle and lead the class in five mindful breaths. Choose a question from the suggested list of prompts that you think will most spark a collective curiosity. Either go around the circle and let each participant respond, or pass the talking piece to someone who is eager to share their personal insights. Once all the participants have contributed, pass the talking piece around the circle once more, asking them to share what they learned from their peers.


  1. Share a word to describe how you’re feeling right now.
  2. Tell a story of a time when you took a chance and ended up learning something new about yourself.

[Preview only. Additional prompts included in the kit].