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Bring Communication Dojo to Work

The Problems We Help Solve

As an individual's communication skills grow so does their ability to:

  • Deescalate conflict

  • Collaborate

  • Difficult conversations

  • Giving and receiving feedback

  • Self-responsibility and letting go of blame culture


  • More general things: empathy, making requests, honest expression, self-awareness and self-understanding, understanding

Workshop format

In November 2016 we found a new way to serve people in San Francisco. It's a weekly drop-in class that rotates through 12 different topics every 12 weeks. Participants can attend the whole sequence, starting at any point, or drop in periodically. Many regular participants have chosen to attend certain classes multiple times over, finding that they deepen their understanding each time.

The classes are designed to help participants learn, practice and integrate Nonviolent Communication (NVC) aka Connected Communication. Each class is designed to serve both newcomers and those who already have experience, either with Communication Dojo or from other trainers of NVC. 

Recently we realized that this format could work beautifully in the workplace. We are eager to provide this weekly format to your employees. NOT LEAST BECAUSE WE GET MANY WORKPLACE RELATED QUESTIONS ON MONDAY EVENINGS....HENCE THE INCENTIVE.

Rather that a daylong communication training for a particular team or department or other subset of employees, the Communication Dojo provides an available resource for those who self-select to attend. A glance through our testimonials reinforces the value that would encourage repeat attendance - both for improvements in communication and collaboration at work, and communication and relationships at home.

Please emails newt@communicationdojo.com to discuss further.

Extra thoughts: 

  • To identify what people are struggling with - what needs can this meet? 

    • Workplace things​: deescalating conflict, greater collaboration, having difficult conversations, giving and receiving feedback, getting past blame culture. 

    • More general things: empathy, making requests, honest expression, self-awareness and self-understanding, understanding

  • Processes that can be taught and learned in a short time

  • Exercises that allow participants to work on their own difficult situations from work and home

    • Doesn't mean revealing sensitive subject matter​

  • Supports company cultures both through shifts in skills, attitudes and awareness and also through stress reduction - both through the process themselves and through improving relationships both in and outside of work.

  • Alternative to a a single training (ineffective) or training+coaching

Newt Bailey is a business consultant providing communication training, coaching and mediation services. He is the founder of The Communication Dojo and a Collaborative Trainer with Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC). He works in organizations in the corporate, educational, and not-for-profit sectors, and has also taught NVC to prisoners and parolees. Newt has also led multiple yearlong programs on mediation and coaching using Nonviolent Communication in the USA and Europe.

Newt's passion is sharing the communication skills he uses in his own life and work. He has seen firsthand that communication skills can be learned and improved, and that doing this can save us a great deal of time and energy that we then get to use to live life joyfully and to fill our work lives with passion, growth, mastery, productivity and creativity. 

Nethra Samarawickrema is a cultural anthropologist and a Ph.D. Candidate at Stanford University. Drawing on her training in anthropology and Nonviolent Communication (NVC), she is passionate about bringing the transformative power of empathy to support organizations with creating meaningful work, reinventing workplace cultures, and fostering collaborative relationships.


Nethra combines anthropology, design thinking, and techniques of empathetic listening to help individuals and groups to build understanding across differences, engage in difficult conversations in a way that feels safe, give and receive feedback, and communicate in ways that support collaboration at work.