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The Four Responses Exercise Cards

Learning Tool •  30 - 60 minutes • 
Intermediate Skill Level
Learning Tool
30 - 60 minutes

Use these cards in your practice group or NVC training to understand 4 different ways of responding to hard to hear messages. Become aware of the way you habitually respond to stimulus and develop skills to respond with empathy and express honestly.


Poetic License

Practice Exercise •  N/A • 
Beginner Skill Level
Practice Exercise
N/A

Poetic License is a fun group exercise that's sure to incite laughter in your NVC group!


What’s Important to You?

Practice Exercise •  2 pages • 
Intermediate Skill Level
Practice Exercise
2 pages

This exercise is most often the first activity in a beginning level workshop after the usual logistics/history/check-in. Penny Wassman experiences it as an opportunity for people to build connection with one another.


NVC Mingle

Practice Exercise •  N/A • 
Beginner Skill Level
Practice Exercise
N/A

NVC Mingle is a fun group exercise to practice NVC principles and create quick conenctions with others.


Connect Before Correct

Trainer Tip •  2-3 minutes • 
Beginner Skill Level
Trainer Tip
2-3 minutes

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."


Confidentiality Agreement

Trainer Tip •  4 - 6 minutes • 
Advanced Skill Level
Trainer Tip
4 - 6 minutes

Ask the Trainer: "A participant in our beginners' NVC practice group asked the co-facilitators if there was a confidentiality agreement that was typically used in NVC practice groups?"


Group Feedback

Trainer Tip •  2 - 3 minutes • 
Advanced Skill Level
Trainer Tip
2 - 3 minutes

Ask the Trainer: "I'm part of a small, self-led NVC group that's been working together for almost two years. We are experiencing some growing pains in that we're still not certain how and under what circumstances to make requests, especially negative ones."