Welcome to the Communication Dojo

Newt Bailey

WELCOME! from Newt Bailey, founder of the Communication Dojo.

Contact: info@communicationdojo.com, (415) 694 8798

If fighting with words is not fun for you, or if you want a greater sense of connection, authenticity, and kindness in your most important relationships, you’ve come to the right place. Skillful communication is real and it’s learnable. It leads to real, […]

 

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Tuesdays – 4 week Committed Series – Working Together to Connect – SPECIAL FOCUS: Making Requests & Saying/Hearing “No” – San Francisco – starts January 6th, 2015

Tuesdays, 7.15pm to 9.15pm

January 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

*plus* practice sessions between classes with other participants Location: San Francisco, Mission District – private residence

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

SPECIAL FOCUS FOR THIS SERIES: Making Requests; Saying and Hearing “No” in a way that maintains connection.

Living life fully means being connected to your needs, and […]

 

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ARTICLE: W.A.I.T before you speak or hit “Send”

It can be tricky to give examples of “effective workplace communication.” We know that you can speak or send words to a co-worker, or group of co-workers, that lead to disconnection, conflict, diminished trust, and reduced workplace productivity and harmony. This can happen immediately or gradually over time with enough repetition. However, it’s not always […]

 

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ARTICLE: Envy and jealousy

Let’s talk about envy and jealousy…

One definition of the difference is that envy happens when you wish you had something that someone else has, while jealousy is fear that something you have is being taken away by someone else. They can often occur together though, or be one big indistinguishable emotional soup.  And, for […]

 

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ARTICLE: Asking for what you want means being able to hear “No.” Here’s how I became more comfortable with that…

If you ask for things in life there’s a risk that you’ll hear “No.” If you ask someone out on a date, if you apply for a job, if you apply for a place in an apartment, or ask for a pay rise, there’s a risk that the other person will say “No.” And there […]

 

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ARTICLE: Investigating “You’re too needy”

Sometimes people talk about their “needs” when referring to what would be most enjoyable or least painful for them. The word “need” can have a certain connotation. Some would say that a “need” is a necessity for staying alive, like soil, water, and sunlight for most plants. However, in common usage the word “need” is […]

 

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ARTICLE: Fear of Empathy

Picture this… You’re talking with someone, things are tense, the other person starts saying things about you that you don’t agree with, perhaps things that bring up pain, defensiveness, or anger. Perhaps you’ve attended the Communication Dojo, or learned about empathy and other communication skills elsewhere, so theoretically you know that really hearing the other […]

 

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ARTICLE: Connection First

I give the name “Connected Communication” to the kind of communication I teach and attempt to use in my own life. The work is based on Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication (NVC),” which is often called “Compassionate Communication” – but I prefer to call it and think of it as “Connected Communication.” This name reminds […]

 

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ARTICLE: I don’t want to connect!

If you’re reading this you are probably interested in how you can change some relationship or other so that it’s more enjoyable, or less painful. Relationships are about communication; so learning different ways to communicate seems like a potentially useful place to put your attention, right? Then you read an article like Connection First and it tells […]

 

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