Mindful Communication is an adaptation of two best practices: Nonviolent
Communication and Leader Effectiveness Training. These models enhance
participants’ current competencies with practical skills that facilitate exchange of information and respectful resolution of differences. They provide effective means to meet needs, progress personal or group goals, and promote a mindfulness that decreases the likelihood of conflict, defensiveness, depression and anger. Whether in organizations or the classroom, this approach increases productivity and learning by reducing
periods of conflict and other disruptive behavior. It allows projects and
programs to focus on achieving goals rather than managing employees or
youth. The training offers a form of communication that avoids language
which creates resentment or lowers self-worth.
It advocates compassion as the motivation for actions, rather than fear, guilt, blame, or shame. Mindful Communication emphasizes personal responsibility for choices made.
Benefits of the training include:
- Enhanced skills of speaking and listening that improve clarity and mutual understanding,
- Expanded capacity to understand feelings, needs and requests that are not always clearly expressed,
- Developed ability to transform criticism, judgment, blame and other
hard-to-hear messages into feelings and needs,
- Deepened empathic attitude and mutual respect,
Improved ability to transform anger— one’s own and others – safely and respectfully,
- Increased overall cooperation in place of resistance and
- Enhanced sense of safety.
Mindful Communication is more than a technique; for at the heart of the
process is the experience of empathic connection between people.