Do you ever find yourself getting into the same old arguments? Do you struggle for ways to clearly express your views in high-stakes, high-stress situations? Have you heard of Nonviolent Communication?
It has happened to all of us at one time or another.
An emotionally charged topic is on the table, you have the best intentions in mind. Your inner voice is urging you to stay calm, despite the negative energy in the room. Tension builds. Someone says something that pushes a hot button. All hell breaks loose.
Maybe you say something you regret. Maybe you shut down or walk away.
What if you could learn to speak a language that would enable you to communicate with clarity and compassion in every situation?
If you’ve been following my posts over the last few months, you know I am on a professional development journey this year. Last week, I listened to an amazing webinar by Robert Biswas-Diener, author of Positive Psychology Coaching. Wow.
I left feeling inspired and motivated. Today, I want to share some free teachings by the late Dr. Marshall Rosenberg on Nonviolent Communication.
I once worked on a project facilitating corporate sessions with teams that were experiencing a lot of interpersonal conflict across divisions. It was tough. I felt completely wrung out at the end of every session. Late one night, while preparing my notes for the next day, I remembered a course I had taken years earlier by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg called Nonviolent Communication. He taught a process of relating to others by disconnecting our defensive responses and approaching conflict differently.
The next day, I introduced the concept to the group. The change was miraculous. I learned, that day, that nonviolent communication works.
I believe it is a critical people skill that everyone needs. Especially today.
Why am I telling you this?
There is a free teaching available this month for Dr. Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication Course and I want to share a link with you here.
- The power of empathy to resolve conflict and heal wounded relationships
- Making the shift from a language of division and discord to a harmonious ‘language of life’
- The four core components of the Nonviolent Communication process: observations, feelings, needs and requests
Here’s a link to the free sessions. Enjoy!
A special note: Dr. Marshall Rosenberg pioneered and developed the process of Nonviolent Communication. While he is no longer with us, his spirit lives in this training course that he personally created. It contains over 10 hours of his rich and deeply insightful lessons, which he formed through four decades of teaching people all over the world how to handle conflict peacefully.
Tomorrow, I’ll be posting about another program that I think is amazing. Hint: It’s about taming that nasty little inner critic! What’s not to love about that? Stay tuned!
Oh, and if you haven’t heard yet about Robert Biswas-Diener, author of Positive Psychology Coaching, here’s a clip of one of his presentations, Your Happiest Days are Behind You.
The webinar I attended was a WBECS session. I’m attending as many sessions as I can fit in! Hope to ‘see’ you there! In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you. Pop a comment in the box below!
Author: Cathy Shaughnessy
Cathy Shaughnessy is a PRISM award winning ICF Master Certified Coach and author of the book series The Really Competent Coach. Cathy coaches senior leaders, mentors credentialed coaches, trains fledgling coaches and helps organizations build strong coaching cultures.
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