dian killian 200x250In the Spotlight: Dian Killian


Dian Killian, Ph.D., is the founder and director of Work Collaboratively and shares Collaborative Communication with organizations, groups, and individuals.

She designs and leads transformative communication trainings in the U.S., Europe, and Asia for diverse organizations including large NGOs, multinationals, non-profits, startups, and Fortune 100 companies. Her clients have included the U.N. Nations Development Program (UNDP), New York University, Merck Inc., HCL Technologies (India), Americorps, and Maryknoll Missionaries, among many others.

Dr. Killian is also a certified executive/life coach (graduate of the Coaching for Transformation program), and founder and former director of the Center for Collaborative Communication. She is the co-author of two books, Connecting Across Differences: A Guide to Compassionate, Nonviolent Communication (in English and German), and Urban Empathy: True Life Adventures of Compassion on the Streets of NY. She also publishes a blog and podcast and has been featured frequently as a guest speaker/trainer.

In addition to her work with organizations, Dian designs and leads workshops and retreats for the general public, including the International NVC Women’s Retreat, which she founded, as well as programs at the New York Open Center, Kripalu, Life Labs, the Omega Institute, and the 92nd Street Y, among others. She is also on the faculty of the NVC Academy.

Dian now has over 20 learning resources available in the NVC Multimedia Library. Dian is also leading a live videoconference, Empathy Magic, beginning May 9th.

What Do You Deserve? And Do You Really Want to Deserve Anything?

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Beginner Skill Level  •  Article  •  Read time: 5 - 8 minutes
We can trick ourselves into keeping the status quo, feeling unworthy, and blocking access to critical awareness necessary that allows for new creative solutions to emerge -- when we think in terms of who has "earned" or “deserved” what.
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Street NVC: Bringing Your NVC Practice into Everyday Life! (Complete Course)

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Intermediate Skill Level  •  Audio  •  3 - 4 hours

Listen to CNVC Certified Trainer Dian Killian show you how  to easily step into the mindset of an NVC practice—the spirit of connection and collaboration—that will support you in authentically connecting with others.

The first session of this course is available for all to listen to and enjoy:

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NVC at Work: Transforming Organizations with Nonviolent Communication

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Beginner Skill Level  •  Audio  •  00:49 hours:minutes

Dian covers a variety of topics during this session, including the benefits of bringing NVC into organizations: 1.  Pre-created learning community; 2.  Continuity of practice; 3.  Resolution of actual issues; 4.  Financial sustainability for the trainer. She also explores how to talk about common workplace challenges and NVC solutions, as well as ways to help yourself more easily hear the “pain point” and ask the question, “Why are people doing this?” You’ll also hear how to design a unique program for a variety of organizations!

The first session of this course is available for all to listen to and enjoy:

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Facilitate Change: Using NVC to Create Social Change

with Dian Killian and Martha Lasley
Advanced Skill Level  •  Audio  •  00:51 hours:minutes

Listen to this newly remastered audio with seasoned Life Coach and CNVC Certified Trainers Martha Lasley and Dian Killian, to explore how you can "be the change" in your life, to live fully in integrity with your values in your work, community, faith and social action groups.

The introductory session of this course is available for all to listen to and enjoy:

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Empathy Magic

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Intermediate Skill Level  •  Video  •  00:45 hours:minutes

Empathy guessing when I was new to NVC seemed magical and mysterious. How could that other person have known that about me? And seen inside me — often in ways I'd missed myself. While empathy is both intuitive and an art, there is also a science to it. In this brief yet fascinating introduction to Dian's course, Empathy Magic, you'll learn a super-practical way to demystify empathy guessing by making use of the root meaning of words.

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Tip: Demystifying Empathy Guesses

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Intermediate Skill Level  •  Trainer Tip  •  00:06 hours:minutes

Here's a quick tip to improve your empathy skills with empathy guessing.

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How Privilege / Lack of Privilege Affects Women, Fishbowl Discussion

with Dian Killian and Mary Mackenzie
Beginner Skill Level  •  Video  •  01:22 hours:minutes
Join Dian Killian and Mary Mackenzie for a provocative fishbowl discussion about how privilege and lack of privilege affect women.
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Living in Full Authenticity

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Introductory Skill Level  •  Article  •  Read time: 3 - 5 minutes
In life, relationships, and organizations, authenticity is the bedrock of effectiveness. It can give rise to effective dialogues, information flow, intimacy, accountability, decision making and follow through. NVC can give us more tools to live with rigor around our authenticity...
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The NVC Model: A Map to Your Intentions

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Beginner Skill Level  •  Article  •  Read time: 4 - 6 minutes

The more we practice NVC by “rote” --going through OFNR (“Observations, Feelings, Needs, Requests”) on automatic-- the more likely our NVC practice would lead to disconnection.  The purpose of our NVC practice is to use this NVC "map" (OFNR) to support us in integrating the consciousness of the NVC (eg. operating with the intention to connect, collaborate, etc).  Once we let the map drop away, we can engage with the people in our lives in a more heartfelt way.  This article explains more about how we can use the map to remind us of our  heartfelt consciousness...

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Curiosity, The Art of Waiting, and Finding Peace

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Intermediate Skill Level  •  Article  •  Read time: 7 - 11 minutes
Sitting with uncertainty can be very uncomfortable and evoke anxiety. Or it can be a practice that brings in the curiosity and inner spaciousness that allows for creative solutions to emerge, and that help us to relax our attachment to outcomes.  Here's a closer look...
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