Risky Conversation Assessment Form

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1. What do I want to say?

2. What am I saying instead?

3. What is the best that can happen if I speak up?

4. What is the worst that can happen if I speak up?

5. Is the best that can happen worth risking the worst that can happen?

6. Can I live with the worst that can happen if it does?

7. What is the best I can hope for if I donít speak up?

8. What is the worst that can happen if I donít speak up?

9. Is the worst that can happen if I donít speak worth risking the worst that can happen if I     do?

10. What is the worst that could happen if I donít speak? What is the likely price of silence?

11. Am I compromising my personal integrity by remaining silent on this issue?

12. Is my silence allowing the perpetuation of an injustice?

13. By remaining silent, am I compromising a long-term value to avoid short-term discomfort?

14. Based on my responses, do I want to speak or remain silent on the subject?

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