Use nonviolent communication to connect with colleagues

A session at #dareconf USA

Tuesday 19th May, 2015

3:20pm to 3:45pm (EST)

Much of what passes for communication at work is life-alienating: it doesn’t connect us with our colleagues. When we diagnose, judge, or assert our status, we block empathy. Real communication isn’t a quest for control: it helps people to connect, learn from each other, and discover new possibilities.

I was raised to always appear agreeable. To prevent conflict I’d avoid speaking honestly. This caused an important relationship to break down, as our communication became superficial. When crisis came, I saw the consequences of giving up my values to keep the peace. During that crisis I learned about nonviolent communication (NVC), a way of speaking honestly without attacking people. Learn how to:

  • connect with colleagues by building empathy
  • identify observations, feelings, needs, and requests using the NVC framework
  • shift your approach to interaction so you can engage in open conversations

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Hannah du Plessis

Small body made in Africa. Medium life experience in leadership, art and design. Large drive to cultivate healthy creative cultures. Principal, Fit Associates. bio from Twitter

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Time 3:20pm3:45pm EST

Date Tue 19th May 2015

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