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Practice Win-Win Steps Together

Imagine you are in the following situations. Practice by writing a script that would help the couples in the activity to solve their conflicts. You can do this worksheet multiple times for each different scenario. Use your imagination to create concerns and solutions. Make up details as if you are writing a play.

  • Jennifer wants to shop at the mall and Bennett wants to go work out together.
  • Ariel wants to take a trip by motorcycle. Tim would prefer to use regular bikes.
  • Teresa doesn't like TV and wants to watch it less. Brian, however, loves watching sports.
  • Pete wants to take a nap. Georgette wants to go before the stores close to look together at a sofa she would like to buy.
  • Rose wants to invest in the stock market and Abram thinks it's too risky.

Initial Positions

Person A's Initial Position

Person B's Initial Position

A & B's Underlying Concerns

Specific Details:

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Satisfying Solutions Set Options

Person A's Initial Solution

with modifications / additions to make a win-win solution set:

Person B's Initial Solution

with modifications / additions to make a win-win solution set:

New idea altogether:

Another new idea altogether:

Ask these magic questions:

  • Does anything still feel unfinished?

  • Is there anything that I'm not fully excited about?

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