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Listening to connect: Effective communication skills to transform relationships and cultivate understanding


09:30 - 16:30
Oct 13th 2017

Many of us are good listeners… most of the time. However, we also encounter situations where listening is greatly challenging. This workshop from the Compassionate Listening Project offers communication tools and techniques to transform our relationships and build personal resilience.

For more information contact Claire Chou Doran on 0207 496 1612 or claire.doran@stethelburgas.org
General
£70
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Concessions

Students and jobseekers only

£50
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“We can hear words but miss what is meant.  We can hear what is intended, but miss what is important.  We can hear what is important, but neglect the person speaking.  As we listen, though, we can learn and nurture relationships as well.  Listening is an action of being attentive, a way of being in a moral world.  We can make a difference by listening or failing to do so, and we can be held responsible as result.”

– John Forester

Many of us are good listeners… most of the time. However, we also encounter situations where listening is greatly challenging.  This workshop from the Compassionate Listening Project offers communication tools and techniques to transform our relationships and build personal resilience.

During the workshop we will:

  • Learn principles and methods for creating safer conversational spaces
  • Introduce the core practices of Compassionate Listening
  • Explore how to be fully present in a conversation
  • Unpack the art of ‘reflective’ listening – enabling the speaker to hear their own truth
  • Develop skills in asking ‘strategic’ or ‘deepening’ questions

We will overview some theory, but our primary focus is on application and reflection.  Participants should be prepared to participate fully, through generosity and openness in sharing experiences and willingness to take a few risks.

No prerequisite knowledge is needed.  Whether you are struggling with organizational issues and conflict at work, or are more deeply engaging in your personal relationships with friends, family or partners, this workshop will support you in building bridges and deeper connections.

Please note that there are very limited spaces for this workshop, with a maximum of 12 participants. 

Sally Norris
Sally Norris has a 30 year professional background in senior roles in Learning and Organisational Development in large organisations across the public, commercial and not-for-profit sectors – including the BBC, Macmillan Cancer Support and Richmond Council. She is an experienced coach and facilitator and has worked with individuals and teams at all levels to enable effective working and improved performance. Sally has been involved with the Compassionate Listening Project for two years and is in the process of qualifying as a Compassionate Listening facilitator under the mentorship of Leah Green – founder and director of the CLP.

Lizzie Nelson
Lizzie Nelson worked in the House of Commons, the European Parliament and the Home Office, before joining the Restorative Justice Council (RJC) as Director in 2009. At the RJC Lizzie both trained in a wide variety of approaches to restorative practice (mediation, conferencing etc) and their application to a wide range of crime and conflict. Lizzie joined international peacebuilding organisation Search for Common Ground as UK Director in 2013. In this role she co-led a series of training and dialogues, in partnership with St Ethelburga’s Community Reconciliation Programme, working with diaspora communities in London. Lizzie is Chair of the Forgiveness Project and works alongside Sally in bringing the training of the Compassionate Listening Project to the U.K.

Concessions discounts are available for students and jobseekers only.  Please send an email to claire.doran@stethelburgas.org with a brief explanation of your circumstances, and attach documentation (i.e. scan of current student ID) as relevant.

We offer additional support to make our courses accessible to diaspora communities, refugees and asylum seekers.  Please contact claire.doran@stethelburgas.org if you fall under any of these categories and are interested in participating in this workshop.