Workshops and Trainings for Groups, Organizations, Schools, and Businesses.
Learn together to use Connective Communication principles and tools, through a combination of information, fun games, and interactive exercises.
One-day workshops or ongoing training series can be tailored to your group’s needs.
3 Hour Introductory Workshop $300
1-day Workshop $500
2-day Workshop $800
Class series [2 hours each] $200 per class
What is Connective Communication?
Connective Communication is not about acting nice or suppressing feelings. It’s not a trick for getting people to do what we want. This work is about changing the channel from what’s wrong with you or me to what we each value right now. It’s a practice of choosing where we put our attention.
We shift focus from our habitual stories of judgment and blame to being present with what’s going on inside us. We discover and take direction from what we care about, what matters to us, what we’re aiming for. Our feelings are valuable indicators conveying this information.
The premise of Nonviolent Communication is that all humans share the same needs, like safety, belonging, and freedom. Everything we say and do is motivated by a desire to fulfill a need.
Our purpose is mutual understanding that considers everyone’s needs.
Out of this awareness, creative solutions arise naturally.
What is the format of a workshop?
Using the simple, effective Nonviolent Communication model: The 4 steps of honest expression and empathic listening.
- Nonviolence: The shift from submission to choice.
- Claiming responsibility for our thoughts, words, and actions.
- Differentiating between the stories in our heads and our actual experience.
- Self-Empathy: Receiving the messages from our feelings indicating how we’re relating to our needs.
Workshop Practice Modules
- Practicing empathy: compassionate presence.
- Making requests instead of demands.
- Saying no. Hearing no.
- Listening so that the other person feels heard.
- Speaking so that the other person is invited in, not repelled.
- Honesty: expressing our own experience and our values instead of our judgment.
- Expressing Anger Fully
- Responding to challenging messages like criticism, blame or guilt trips.
- Using collaboration instead of force to create mutually beneficial strategies.
“To some degree you have changed everybody in the room.” – M. workshop participant