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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!


Processing Questions:

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.


  1. What do you consider to be an ideal host?

  2. What do you think enables a person-in-crisis to feel safe?

  3. What do you think a safe space requires?

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