New and Recently Updated NVC Learning Resources

If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

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Beginner Skill Level  •  Trainer Tip  •  1 page
Trainer Tip: Have you heard the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? Communication is like that too. Don’t try to adjust your communication and behaviors if they already work for you.
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Integrity

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Trainer Tip: What does integrity mean to you? Each person has a different definition. For me, integrity means that I live in harmony with my values.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 12. Connect to the Living Energy of Your Needs

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For many, the word “need” is associated with lack, neediness, and scarcity. These associations are the opposite of the meaning of needs in Nonviolent Communication (NVC). In NVC, needs are the motivational energy of our innate wholeness and desire to grow, like the energy of a plant pushing it up through the soil and toward the sun.
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Responding to the Call of Our Times (part 2)

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Listen as Miki works with participants. Topics: how small requests serve interdependence; NVC process vs purpose; how to respond when empathy is used to create distance; coping with verbal aggression, and more! Check it Out.
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How to Enjoy Your Family Dinner

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If you dread family gatherings because of family tensions, you can find ways to excavate through piles of hardened judgments and hopelessness, build on your inner strength, and engage with family conflicts with open-hearted curiosity, greater presence, and connecting with what really matters to everyone.
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Connect Before Correct

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Ask the Trainer: "Recently, I was sitting in my weekly practice group trying to connect to my reasons for wanting to give empathy to a particular person. She was telling us about some painful feeling she was having, but was not connecting to her needs."
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Compassionate Communication and Empathy’s Awakening

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John Cunningham provides support to deepen your understanding and practice of NVC, including a sketch of the participatory and onlooker modes of consciousness, lists of feelings, needs and sample dialogues.
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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 4. Invite People to Say No

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When asking for support from another, you are most likely to enjoy receiving that support when the person giving support is giving from the heart—from a place of joy or delight. Inviting them to say "no" is a way of encouraging an authentic response, a response you can trust more fully.
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Forming, Uniting and Nurturing NVC Communities

with Barbara Larson, Deborah Bellamy, Jeff Brown, Kirsten Kristensen, Kristin Masters, Louise Romain and facilitated by Mary Mackenzie
Beginner Skill Level  •  Audio  •  00:52 hours:minutes
Please join us as we take a deeper look into this mysterious word, “community.” In this Trainer Dialogue recording, we explore the living process of creating, uniting and nurturing NVC communities so that they transcend yet sustain and empower their members.
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