Simply put, Tracking is Paying Attention to verbal and non-verbal aspects of communication.
In the group, we hold the intention to be receptive and responsive to what each person is experiencing in the moment. This requires a capacity to let information come to you rather than you go out to get it. At first, we may only have hunches, guesses about what is happening inside another. However, with practice, we start to perceive more directly and learn how to check this out with the other. The information we receive is often telling us in large or small ways that the individual(s) feel seen, heard, received, safe or not; and how this matches or challenges their internal beliefs about themselves, other people, groups and the world. It is as if the ‘mind of the body’ speaks a special language we can learn if we attend to the non-verbal aspects of communication. Notice what you can notice about the following:
The Connection Spiral of Groups
Explore these primary pattern of relationships:
“Nice and Polite”
“Tough and Right”
“Inquiring and Reflecting”
“Magic and Flow”
How might you see yourself using these stages of relationship when working with a group?
This was the final in a 4 part blog series on group tracking. Here you’ll find part 1on tracking the body, part 2 on tracking relationships, and part 3 on tracking geometry. We’d love to hear your thoughts and how these tips work for you!
This is a preview excerpt from Mukara’s upcoming book, MatrixWorks: A Life Affirming Guide to Facilitation Mastery.