A conversation with Vihra Dincheva, educator, inspirer and passionate environmentalist.

She is an Art of Hosting practitioner since 2014. She holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability – Sweden. She strongly believes that the quality of our conversations defines the quality of our actions. That is why for the last 7+ years she has been creating spaces for meaningful conversations – in person, as well as online. She has also co-created a company, which offers alternatives to people who want to live without toxins and plastic waste in their homes.

What was your reason for turning to the training profession?

Working with people has inspired me for as long as I can remember. Connecting people and ideas has always been part of my path, I would call it my gift. My encounter with the community of facilitators and the Art of Hosting methods in 2015 showed me how I could turn my gift into a profession, and I’ve been following that path ever since.

What are the main methods you use in your work?

For me the method of all methods is the “Circle” (Circle practice). The feeling that we are all equal, we are in a safe space, everyone speaks with intention and listens with attention, is a magic I rediscover with every group. Depending on the context, I use different active listening methods. One of my favorites is the “Dialogue walk”. For sharing knowledge in a larger group, I am a big fan of the “Knowledge café” method.

What makes a quality conversation and how do we develop the skill of leading such?

For me, in order for a conversation to be high quality, we need to make a quality selection of the topic or issue around which we are going to have a quality conversation. Who we invite and how we invite them to participate is also extremely important. In my experience, 80% of the quality of a conversation depends on intention and preparation, and the most important skill for this is learning to work with the question “WHY” at every step of the process. During the conversation itself, each participant’s ability to speak with intention and listen with attention is the other key element.

What is the place of stories in communication and informal education, in our relationships with ourselves and others?

Stories are the most ancient form of connecting and transmitting information and this has not changed to this day. For me, the question is not if, but how we use stories in communication and in informal education. What are the stories we want to share, why do we want to share them, how do we share them? I would add here that – for a story to be told, not only the storyteller, but also the listener has a key role to play.

What is the glue that brings a team together and helps it work well?

If I have to use one word, it is the CULTURE that this team has built. What values do they share? How do the people on the team communicate? Have they built a safe space? How do they conduct their meetings? And so on.

And what’s the secret to effectively resolving conflict and problems within the team when they – inevitably – arise?

Conflicts are resolved effectively when a culture of trust and dialogue is established between people in the team. Conflicts are often the result of built up tensions, of multiple conversations that have not taken place, and at some point this escalates. If I trust that I can share even a topic that is “uncomfortable” for others and open a space for conversation around it, then things will clear up at a much earlier stage.  Methods like feedback from non-violent communication are extremely helpful in building this culture.

What is important for participants in a personal development training to know, in order to get the most out of the experience and the trainers?

First and foremost, to have consciously made the decision why they want to invest this time in personal development training. Clarity also gives us focus. On the other hand, I believe that very often, in order to receive, we must also give. What participants want to share with others during the training. Last but not least, trusting the process is a big step towards getting the most out of the experience.

What should participants expect from you in our upcoming ABCDEFGH training?

They can expect that I will inspire them, support them along the way, but also that I will challenge them during our training and online sessions.

Thank you!

A conversation with Vihra Dincheva, educator, inspirer and passionate environmentalist.

She is an Art of Hosting practitioner since 2014. She holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability – Sweden. She strongly believes that the quality of our conversations defines the quality of our actions. That is why for the last 7+ years she has been creating spaces for meaningful conversations – in person, as well as online. She has also co-created a company, which offers alternatives to people who want to live without toxins and plastic waste in their homes.

What was your reason for turning to the training profession?

Working with people has inspired me for as long as I can remember. Connecting people and ideas has always been part of my path, I would call it my gift. My encounter with the community of facilitators and the Art of Hosting methods in 2015 showed me how I could turn my gift into a profession, and I’ve been following that path ever since.

What are the main methods you use in your work?

For me the method of all methods is the “Circle” (Circle practice). The feeling that we are all equal, we are in a safe space, everyone speaks with intention and listens with attention, is a magic I rediscover with every group. Depending on the context, I use different active listening methods. One of my favorites is the “Dialogue walk”. For sharing knowledge in a larger group, I am a big fan of the “Knowledge café” method.

What makes a quality conversation and how do we develop the skill of leading such?

For me, in order for a conversation to be high quality, we need to make a quality selection of the topic or issue around which we are going to have a quality conversation. Who we invite and how we invite them to participate is also extremely important. In my experience, 80% of the quality of a conversation depends on intention and preparation, and the most important skill for this is learning to work with the question “WHY” at every step of the process. During the conversation itself, each participant’s ability to speak with intention and listen with attention is the other key element.

What is the place of stories in communication and informal education, in our relationships with ourselves and others?

Stories are the most ancient form of connecting and transmitting information and this has not changed to this day. For me, the question is not if, but how we use stories in communication and in informal education. What are the stories we want to share, why do we want to share them, how do we share them? I would add here that – for a story to be told, not only the storyteller, but also the listener has a key role to play.

What is the glue that brings a team together and helps it work well?

If I have to use one word, it is the CULTURE that this team has built. What values do they share? How do the people on the team communicate? Have they built a safe space? How do they conduct their meetings? And so on.

And what’s the secret to effectively resolving conflict and problems within the team when they – inevitably – arise?

Conflicts are resolved effectively when a culture of trust and dialogue is established between people in the team. Conflicts are often the result of built up tensions, of multiple conversations that have not taken place, and at some point this escalates. If I trust that I can share even a topic that is “uncomfortable” for others and open a space for conversation around it, then things will clear up at a much earlier stage.  Methods like feedback from non-violent communication are extremely helpful in building this culture.

What is important for participants in a personal development training to know, in order to get the most out of the experience and the trainers?

First and foremost, to have consciously made the decision why they want to invest this time in personal development training. Clarity also gives us focus. On the other hand, I believe that very often, in order to receive, we must also give. What participants want to share with others during the training. Last but not least, trusting the process is a big step towards getting the most out of the experience.

What should participants expect from you in our upcoming ABCDEFGH training?

They can expect that I will inspire them, support them along the way, but also that I will challenge them during our training and online sessions.

Thank you!

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