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The 1 Minute Conversation

The 1 minute conversation compromises these three steps designed to sow the seed of change in someone’s mind in a way that you make it clear you recognise that what is important to them matters most to you.

There is no single way to do this, but we find these three questions can help achieve this objective in an effective and time efficient way:

Ask – “Would it be OK to spend a minute talking about something many patients with your condition find helpful?”
Explain – “Many people with your condition find that moving more helps them manage their condition and symptoms, as well as improving their general wellbeing. I wonder what you make of that?”
Invite – “Would you be interested in talking a little more about how physical activity might help with your health and wellbeing on another visit?”

Try these words in your own consultations and see how they work for you.


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