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EXPRESSING SUCCESS

What kind of magic?

Q. How was it?

A. Magic

Q. What kind of magic?

A. Magic magic

Q. How was it different from other magic experiences?

A. Much more magic

This special 'magic' experience could become a source of further learning and development. But questioning (even open questioning) can sometimes be unproductive.

The word 'magic' tells us that something valuable has already happened. But being secretive about success, is not unlike being secretive about failure - an opportunity for learning and development is being lost.

In the case of failure our main concern is that failure, disappointment and unhappiness can gnaw away at people's confidence and abilities unless some kind of reviewing process can transform the negative experience into something more positive.

In the case of success, we may have no concerns, but if the success is a rare one - a ray of sunshine in a gloomy picture, then it can be even more important that this opportunity for learning is not squandered.

But however rare the success, there are surely benefits all round if 'magic experiences' can be communicated and the magic shared round a bit.

Such stories can bring pride and confidence to the story-teller, can be inspiring to others, and can help to provide everyone with a deeper (though never complete!) understanding of the source and nature of the success.

If words and questions seem to be getting nowhere fast (as in the example at the top of this page), it may be that the timing is wrong, or the audience is 'wrong' or the medium is 'wrong'.

This guide provides many ways in which different media can be used to help people express their stories. See for example: stories and pictures.

BALANCING SUCCESS

Choosing Silence

Everyone has a right to silence, and may prefer not to announce the details of 'magic' experiences. Some magic is private. Some magic is fragile - and the attempt to communicate it can destroy the magic or damage it in some way. Don't turn an invitation to share into an inquisition! Some experiences are best left unreviewed - or are best reviewed alone. Well timed opportunities for meditation, reflection and private recording can be a welcome alternative to the norm of 'sharing' experiences within a learning group.

BALANCING SUCCESS

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