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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 3. Get Empathy before Making Important Decisions

Trainer Tip • 1 - 2 minutes • 01/2016
Beginner Skill Level
Trainer Tip
1 - 2 minutes
01/2016

Eric explains how we can often avoid regret by getting empathy before making important decisions.


Timing of a request

Trainer Tip • 1-2 minutes • 10/2005
Beginner Skill Level
Trainer Tip
1-2 minutes
10/2005

Trainer Tip: Stating our observations, feelings and needs can still be heard as criticism if we don't follow it up right away with a specific, doable request. Ending your statement with a request for what you want can clarify the situation and reduce the chances that you'll be met with defensiveness. Read on for an example.


Zero Step

Video • 54 minutes • 11/12/2016
Beginner Skill Level
Video
54 minutes
11/12/2016

Jim and Jori’s Zero Step helps you focus your attention on your intention to connect, and then affirms your intention to live in the present. Listen in as they demonstrate the process — and learn about the benefits of using and cultivating it!


Sometimes I Can’t Get Past My Judgments

Trainer Tip • 1 - 2 minutes • 05/28/2022
Beginner Skill Level
Trainer Tip
1 - 2 minutes
05/28/2022

Trainer Tip: Whether we listen to our own or the other person’s needs first, connecting to needs can help us release judgments of others, see their humanness, help us to begin to hear them and ultimately connect to them. Be aware today of times when you are judging someone. Then be aware of your own needs to improve your connection to them.


Awareness of Marginalization Can Support Connection

Article • 7 - 11 minutes • 8/2017
Intermediate Skill Levels
Article
7 - 11 minutes
8/2017

With abundant evidence that most people have unconscious biases against people --even when that bias runs counter to their own values-- there's a strong chance you recreate this disconnect with people far more often than you recognize. So even with a high degree of NVC skills you may behave in a way that seems "NVC" but also reproduces the painful patterns that marginalized people all-too-often experience. Read on for ways to transform pitfalls of NVC into more reliable connection.


When You Are Being "Talked At"

Article • 5 - 8 minutes • 4/2019
Beginner Skill Level
Article
5 - 8 minutes
4/2019

Has someone ever talked to you to the extent that you're no longer enjoying it, and you now wonder if they even know you're there? Learn ways to bring in emotional understanding, engage more honestly and open-heartedly, and bridge next steps to the type of conversation that engages everyone's needs.


Self Connection in the Turbulent Times of COVID-19

Article • 4 - 6 minutes • 03/2020
All Skill Levels
Article
4 - 6 minutes
03/2020

Read on for a demonstration of self empathy -- all generated within the context of both the COVID-19 pandemic, and the changes to Bridget's life that have arisen as a result.


Distinguishing Universal Needs from Strategies

Trainer Tip • 10 - 15 minutes • 10/15/2020
All Skill Levels
Trainer Tip
10 - 15 minutes
10/15/2020

In this book excerpt, Kathleen and Jared offer a path to reach deeper clarity, distinguishing between universal needs and strategies.


Compassionate Mediation: How NVC Can Bring People Together Across Differences

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Audio • 36 minutes • 08/16/2014
Intermediate Skill Level
Audio
36 minutes
08/16/2014

Jeff shows us how to emply NVC to supercharge the possibility of transformation between two people in a mediation process.


What is Nonviolent Communication?

Trainer Tip • 1 - 2 minutes • 10/2005
Introductory Skill Level
Trainer Tip
1 - 2 minutes
10/2005

Trainer tip: NVC focuses on shared human values and needs, and encourages the use of language that increases good will -- plus avoidance of language that contributes to resentment or lowered self-esteem. It emphasizes taking personal responsibility for choices and improving the quality of relationships as a primary goal. For today, focus on making observations without moralistic judgment in at least two of your interactions.


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