Tuesdays – 4-week Committed Series – “The Gift of Empathy” – San Francisco – starts Oct 16th, 2018

Tuesdays, 7.00pm to 9.00pm

October 16th, 23rd, 30th, Nov 6 2018 (previously listed with a start date of Oct 2nd)

*plus* practice sessions between classes with other participants
Location: San Francisco – Zen Center – Page @ Laguna

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SPECIAL FOCUS FOR THIS SERIES: The Gift of Empathy – How to Give It, How to Ask for It

Have you had the experience of someone really listening to you and giving you a sense that they understand not just what you’re saying, but what you’re going through? This kind of listening is often in short supply, but it is a vital component of the most effective, enjoyable and connected communication. Listening with empathy is a skill you can learn and develop, and that will be a one focus area in this series.

We’ll also give attention to how you can ask for empathy, and even improve your experience of being heard even when you don’t explicitly ask for empathy. This is a chance to learn or deepen the powerful skills of “reflective listening” and “empathy guessing.” And…we’ll also introduce some lesser-known skills to use in situations where the person you’re talking to does not like reflective listening, or is generally uncomfortable with anything that sounds like Nonviolent Communication.

Connected Communication means:

  • Asking for what you want, and being able to handle a “yes” or “no” answer
  • Having fewer fights, and being able to quickly receive the GIFT from them if they do happen
  • Enjoying every-day intimacy – the joy of really knowing and being known by the people you’re closest to

and increasing your capacity to:

  • Be around conflict without panicking or collapsing
  • Support others who are going through tough times
  • Value the giving and receiving of feedback, even when it’s scary

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I want others to get these gifts and more, and to get them as quickly as possible, so I’ve created the “Working Together to Connect 4-week Committed Series.” In this series you will be able follow the Communication Dojo approach step-by-step with the same cohort of fellow students. You will first learn the “Connected Conversation Process,” the foundational process of the Communication Dojo, and from there we’ll add the skills, awareness and attitude of Connected Communication.

All you need is the desire to have an easier and more enjoyable experience of communication with those you’re close to, and more capacity to communicate with the ones you have most difficulty with currently…and a willingness to have fun while learning!

The program is suited to those who are completely new to the Communication Dojo, or those who’ve done our workshops before. No specific experience with Connected Communication (or “Compassionate Communication,” “Nonviolent Communication” etc.) is needed.

Cost: $320 – $160 sliding scale for the series - this means we’d love to receive $320 for the series, and would like to receive a minimum of $160. We make the sliding scale available so that the workshops are affordable for a greater number of people. Let us know if money is an obstacle for you.

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