So by now you will have arrived at the starting line – ready to take your marks. The aim of this chapter is to help you to get set, go and then be able to keep going after the first few laps of the track. I will share some ideas about how and where to get started, including creating a context in which you can use the solution-focused approach. After leaving the starting line, the learning really kicks in, through the hard work of practice, practice, practice. Given that despite being simple ‘it ain’t easy’, I will provide a number of tips that have proved useful to practitioners coming up against the sort of hurdles that can appear when managing solution-focused conversations. I hope they will help you to clear the hurdles and continue round the track, but at times you will hit one and go down. At this point, some words from Samuel Beckett (1983) might encourage you to get up and go again: ‘Try again. Fail again. Fail better’. Finally, I will answer some of the frequently asked questions that people raise on training courses, including about the approach’s evidence base, which has been growing rapidly.
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