Guest post from Dave Fournet:
Andrea & I attended a workshop with Jeff in Ann Arbor earlier this summer, and experienced for ourselves that he’s as down-to-earth and fun as our friends had reported after attending one of his workshops in Little Rock. This workshop distills some of the most valuable information and skills I’ve ever encountered for making life smoother and more enjoyable. Jeff has been learning and teaching communication for over 20 years, and it shows up in the way he interacts with others. Watching him, I get the feeling, “Hey, I can do that. He’s a regular fellow.” He’s skilled for sure, and also not perfect. Working with him, I see that it’s not so much about getting a particular technique or formula right, it’s more about connecting with what matters most to us and to others. The understanding, ideas, skills, etc. really do help as well, and Jeff is apt at making that language as normal as possible.
Come alone, with a friend, with a partner— to all 3 sessions, or take your pick of 1 or 2.
No previous skills required, no yoga practiced in this workshop, no required public speaking, or sitting on floor.
SESSION 1 FRIDAY: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm: The Power of Deep Listening: Revolutionize your relationships with Empathy.
… one of the most potent skills that can radically alter the course of your relationships from alienation to connection and trust.
SESSION 2 SATURDAY: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Don’t Be Nice, Be Real: Live and communicate authentically.
Before you say something that you might regret, join us for this session to learn new tools for talking about what really matters.
…thankfully there is a way to engage the other person in an authentic dialogue whereby we search for ways for both of our needs to be attended to and our needs can be met peacefully. Join us to learn how!
SESSION 3 SUNDAY: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Inner Resilience: Dissolving Enemy Images of others (and yourself!)”
Discover how to remain centered and peaceful when someone is speaking aggressively or acting with hostility toward you. One of the most challenging acts is to remain curious when someone is doing something that you don’t like. …learn a process to transform negative images of others and reclaim your energy and creativity.
This workshop will sharpen your skills in three areas:
1) Honest Expression: Learn how to express your needs authentically without criticism or blame, in a way that inspires compassion and understanding, and makes clear requests of others without demanding.
2) Empathic Listening: Listen to others with empathy in ways that communicate compassion and deep understanding of people’s values and needs.
3) Self-Understanding: Develop greater understanding of your needs and motivations, so that you have more openness and flexibility about ways to pursue your needs in a way that does not harm yourself or others.