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Ideas and tips to get along and get stuff done-------- -- October 27, 2021
Showing Respect Brings Good Outcomes
Even when you don’t know someone – wait, especially when you don’t know someone – it works well to show respect. Works with people you know too. Even works with people you don’t like. As a practical matter, when you show respect to someone – whoever they are — you’re more likely to get a positive outcome. And it’s so easy to do. Wonder we don’t do it more.

What is a show of respect? First, it’s a show. A demonstration. It’s visible, intended to get noticed. It’s something a little out of the ordinary, on purpose. Like holding a door or bowing a head. It’s visibly making an effort.

A show of respect says: “This moment is special. I’m glad to be in it with you. Even if fleeting.” Sometimes a show of respect happens in a flash; eye-to-eye,

We're having a Make Shift Coffee House!
You're invited.

We're partnering with Bowdoin College's McKeen Center to host two Make Shift Coffee Houses a week apart.

On Thursday November 4 we are taking a van of Bowdoin students to the Enterprise Grange Hall in Richmond, Maine. The following week on November 11, Bowdoin will host a Make Shift Coffee House and folks will come down from Richmond. You can come too!
November 4, 2021 • 7:00 p.m.
Enterprise Grange Hall
15 Alexander Reed Road, Richmond, Maine

What is the right size of government at the local, state, and national levels?

How should the government affect your daily life?

What role should government play in immigration? Health care? Education? Climate change? Social justice? Security? Pandemic Response?

Come discuss these issues and others with your neighbors.

This Make Shift Coffee House is will be moderated by Craig Freshley.

Free and open to the public. Maine CDC COVID Guidelines apply.


Save the date for November 11 also. That Make Shift Coffee House will be on the Bowdoin campus and will address the role of high school in American society.
How to talk to an adversary, with respect
This one-page handout contains six tips for how to talk with someone you disagree with.
You know, with respect.

It's a PDF good for sharing. It starts with attitude.

A Song about
The Great Divide

Although promoted by me before, this song was just released as a single and is getting well-deserved traction.

The story behind the song can be found in this recent write up in the Portland Press Herald.

"I wanted this song to capture the deep concern that so many of us are feeling today, and I wanted to do it without pointing fingers or casting blame. I hope there is healing in it."
~ Jud Caswell
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If you are a professional meeting facilitator who would like to be on this list, please let me know.
To Help You Get Along
Written and published by Craig Freshley. Thanks for walking along with me.
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