New and Recently Updated NVC Learning Resources

Mediate Your Life: Chooser Educator Map

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Intermediate Skill Level  •  Audio  •  00:12 hours:minutes
When you have intrusive thoughts about yourself and feel ‘crummy,’ Ike recommends using the Chooser / Educator map as a guide to lead you out of the primitive part of your brain and back to your prefrontal cortex. Both the Chooser and the Educator want to contribute to your well being, but in different ways. This map facilitates having a positive conversation with them.
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Creating and Sustaining Strong Teams (Part 1)

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Intermediate Skill Level  •  Audio  •  01:37 hours:minutes
A clear sense of shared purpose is essential to creating a strong team. Listen in as Miki and our participants examine how much time teams dedicate to shared purpose, and what they do to support their ability to be a team working toward that shared purpose, rather than a group of individuals.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 1. Ask Before Offering Advice or Suggestions

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Beginner Skill Level  •  Trainer Tip  •  1 page
Do you ever think you have the perfect answer for someone who is struggling? Eric offers a tip on how to approach situations like this.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 2. Cultivate Connection before Asking for Action

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Learn when to use the two types of requests in the practice of Nonviolent Communication: Action Requests and Connection Requests. Both are important when working through conflict or difficult situations and for building connection.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 3. Get Empathy before Making Important Decisions

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Eric explains how we can often avoid regret by getting empathy before making important decisions.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 5. Separate Needs from Outcomes and Strategies

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Eric Bowers explains how needs and strategies correlate to different brain hemispheres, and how relaxing into our needs opens us to greater possibilities.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 6. Ask to Understand

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Who does not want to be understood? In Tip #6, Eric shows you how to deepen connection and trust by checking your understanding with the person you are conversing with.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 7. Talk about Conflict When You’re Not in Conflict

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Conflict is a normal and natural part of life. To varying degrees, it happens whenever two or more people consistently spend time together. Resolving conflict effectively and peacefully, in a way in which all parties feel respected and valued, does not feel natural for those of us who grew up with punitive, adversarial, or avoidant approaches to conflict. Eric offers some tips for approaching conflict.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 8. Practice Self-Empathy with Your Whole Body

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In our fast-paced, busy lives it is tempting to practice NVC mostly with the left hemisphere of the brain, thinking through the steps quickly without slowing down to connect more deeply with feelings and needs.  Don't miss an opportunity to integrate the hemispheres of the brain and the valuable information from the neural networks in the heart and gut.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 9. Make Poetry Out of Empathy

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Nonviolent Communication includes a practice of empathy that involves listening for feelings and needs no matter how someone expresses themselves, and reflecting back the feelings and needs when it is helpful to do so. You can reflect back in a traditional NVC manner, or in a more creative way, with metaphors.
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