Step 3 - Managing Personal Expectations
Before you begin as a host, it is important to consider your personal expectations. More often than not, a good host is someone who prioritises the needs of their guests. At the same time, there is no clear rubric of a successful host. Being a good host is exceptionally valuable because you help to facilitate a safe space for the person-in-crisis. A space that allows them to feel not only safe but the space to grieve and the ability to dream again.
When extending hospitality to a person-in-crisis, it is important to understand that everyone will be different. This means that every guest will differ from one another, from preferences to needs. It matters how a host manages one’s personal expectations. It is more often a learning journey that everyone takes together. So start with a simple set of expectations. As you learn more about your guest, you will also learn how to manage and accommodate them!
These questions help us to identify our personal preferences and expectations. When you consider these questions, take the time to pause and imagine what are the basic building blocks of a safe space.
What do you consider to be an ideal host?
What do you think enables a person-in-crisis to feel safe?
What do you think a safe space requires?