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Connecting across Differences [2-hour primer]: How to Like those You Love

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LifeWorks East

835 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.

Austin, TX 78702

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TITLE: "Connecting across Differences: How to Like those You Love" (2-hour primer)

Do you see me?

Most of us long to be fully authentic in our relationships.

We want to be open and loved for who we are. Yet turning up with full honesty can be challenging and scary.

Do you hear me?

Most of us want to be heard—with accuracy, and for our intentions. But will the other person turn up with understanding and empathy, or defensiveness, misunderstanding, and blame? And when misunderstanding does occur, how do we restore connection and safety?

Do you accept me?

Can we find greater empathy and understanding with and for our loved ones?

In this interactive and highly engaging program, you will learn practical, life-changing skills to:

  • Confirm that you’ve been heard fully and have heard others accurately.
  • Confidently understand what matters most, on a core level, in any situation.
  • Resolve differences in a mutually caring way.
  • Co-create solutions you want, free of demand, guilt or shame.
  • Foster openness and cooperation.
  • Find greater intimacy, trust, harmony, and connection.

Who will this program interest?

Anyone wanting greater authenticity in their lives and to improve their communication and connection with others, at work and at home. Attend on your own or with family members, coworkers, and friends!

You will take away a greater capacity to:

  • Self-manage your own responses, even when hurt, angry or disappointed.
  • Understand what’s driving other’s words and actions.
  • Separate out your stories and interpretations from what’s actually happening.
  • Make concrete, doable requests that will move situations and forward with greater harmony and ease.

Some key concepts we’ll explore:

  • How is love a need rather than a feeling?
  • How is every we say a form of “please” or “thank you”?
  • How do we hear the “yes” behind the “no”? How do hold our others needs with care, without giving up on our own?
  • How can we be sure we’ve been heard?
  • Why is empathy before education so crucial in any conversation?
  • What are the two levels of listening and why do both matter?

Early Bird discount available through December 15, 2018.

Additional Events:

1) 2-day weekend immersion: Deeper your understanding...

Would you like to deepen into a longer experience on this topic? If so, join us also for a 2-day weekend immersion on Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10, 2019 at the same location. If you want to register for both the 2-hour introduction and the 2-day weekend immersion, you qualify for a discounted price by registering here. If you want to register for the 2-hour introduction only at this time, register on this page.

2) For therapists, counselors and other mental health professionals:

Are you a therapist, social worker, a professional coach, or another mental health professional, or do you know anyone who is? If so, check out our special 2-day training in Austin on February 7-8, 2018, "Empathic Presence: Creating Transformational Shifts with Clients by Accessing Core Needs." This program is designed to help professionals incorporate these life-changing skills into their work their clients.


What's the refund policy?

  • Work Collaboratively reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If we cancel a program, you will receive a full refund.
  • 14 or more days before an event begins, you can get a full refund (minus a $50 processing fee).
  • 3-13 days before an event begins (minus a $50 processing fee), you can transfer your registration to another person for the same event, or use the balance as credit for a future event administered by Work Collaboratively.
  • Less than 3 days before an event begins, no refunds or transfers are available.


  • Credits for future events are valid for 12 months.
  • Processing fees provide us with predictability in planning events and also cover our admin expenses in processing your cancellation and refund.
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