San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
We all know what a difference skillful communication can make in the workplace. Trust, productivity, well-being, team cohesion and pure enjoyment are all greatly affected by the way people communicate and navigate through stess and conflict. I've taught this material many times for teams at my corporate and non-profit clients, and now for the first time I'm making it available in public workshops. The curriculum will include:
- Giving and Receiving Feedback
- Email, Slack and other electronic modes of communication – best practices
- Meeting Facilitation and Participation Skills
The Communication Dojo is a learning environment designed for everyone, regardless of prior experience with "Connected Communication" (aka "Nonviolent Communication" (NVC)). This four week committed series format allows you opportunities to practice what you're learning at work then to come back the next week with questions. You'll build skills, knowledge, and community week by week.
As soon as you concern yourself with the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others will weaken and defeat you.— Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido
The Communication Dojo approach is inspired in part by teaching from martial arts. This is not a lecture series. The teaching is highly interactive and there will be plenty of experiential learning in pairs and/or small groups - “learning by doing.”
Some features of the Communication Dojo:
*Efficient use of class time to maximize learning
*High proportion of practice time in pairs – learning communication by communicating.
*Minimal reliance on “jargon” i.e. language that might be confusing or alienating for those not familiar with NVC.
*Little likelihood of people developing any sense of “Doing it wrong” or “Trying to do it right.”
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Newt Bailey is a business consultant providing communication training, coaching and mediation services. He is the founder of The Communication Dojo and a Collaborative Trainer with Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC). He works in organizations in the corporate, educational, and not-for-profit sectors, and has also taught NVC to prisoners and parolees. Newt has also led multiple yearlong programs on mediation and coaching using Nonviolent Communication in the USA and Europe.
Newt's passion is sharing the communication skills he uses in his own life and work. He has seen firsthand that communication skills can be learned and improved, and that doing this can save us a great deal of time and energy that we then get to use to live life joyfully and to fill our work lives with passion, growth, mastery, productivity and creativity.
Newt received an MA in Physics from Oxford University in England. He then worked briefly in sales, followed by seven years as a high school math teacher and department chair, before moving into software engineering and corporate management. After leaving the corporate world in 2004 Newt started to study NVC mediation, and has been working in the field of communication and conflict resolution since 2007.