The Mindful Communication workshop was an extremely successful part of our Diversity Day 2011 at Sojourner Truth Academy. At first the message was difficult for the students to hear, but as soon as the students started applying it to real life problems they started getting more excited about it. There were a few student leaders who started using the Mindful Communication language, which made the others fall into line.
You know it is a successful workshop when you have students walking around saying…” When you say ______ it makes me feel _______. Could you please_____?” the next day. It is especially useful for adolescents interacting with adults. When they start using this respectful language, it makes teachers much more willing to engage in a meaningful dialogue if conflicts arise.
Heather Kindschy, MSW, LMSW
Director of Social Work
Sojourner Truth Academy, New Orleans
I can unswervingly recommend Lou Furman and Turning Point. We utilized Lou’s services as much as possible and received more than we ever dreamed in terms of results. Our leaders were given tools of understanding of the effects of trauma, which was eye opening to all involved. Lou then taught us how to communicate with those who have been traumatized which was applicable with participants, co-workers, leaders, grantors, politicians, or spouses! If possible, we would have engaged Lou in the process before the grant launched, or as early in the training as possible. We also asked Lou to give an executive summary to our Program Managers and Executive Directors, which was very well received. In addition, Lou handled some of our crisis situations. In a short period of time our crew leaders were able to manage their drama on the crew level and were able to bring clarity, trust, healing, and productivity to the participants in a loving manner. In all cases, Lou hit the ball out of the park, making us look like good managers.
Joey Kuchler, Education Program Coordinator
Conservation Corps of Greater New Orleans
Lou Furman conducted a Mindful Communication seminar for our office with great results. Participants not only learned how to better communicate in the office setting but in their own personal lives as well. The seminar gave participants the opportunity to become more aware of their own feelings and how they affect interactions and communications among their peer group. The concepts taught enabled participants to learn to be more precise in their language while maintaining personal integrity. I highly recommend these services for those who desire to truly “seek to understand” and for those who wish “to be understood.” The value of mindful communication cannot be underestimated in the building of relationships in all aspects of life.
Anne Wolfe Nicolay
Ochsner Health System, Jefferson Parish
Director, Research Operations
If you are looking for a way to develop resiliency and improve ability and capacity in conflict, you need look no further than Turning Point Partners. I have had the good fortune to be trained by Lou Furman and to work with him as a trainer. His concepts always challenge participants to think in a manner that is more self-reflective. I recommend Lou Furman and Turning Point Partners with absolutely no reservations. I have witnessed him be extremely effective in communication and relationship building with groups of several different demographics, backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. The skills that can be developed from work with Turning Point Partners are timeless and apply to all who are willing to take the time to learn and practice! Turning Point Partners has a special place in society today. For as long as Lou Furman is doing his work, justice will find a way to prevail.
Gregory Rattler, Jr.
Vice-President, 44th Education Initiative, Inc
I just finished a circle session with Lou Furman and my crew and it was fabulous. This is the first time in three cycle’s that I have really gotten to know my crew members. I already feel like we will be working to gether more as a team. The response and openness of my crew members was amazing. The members all wanted to talk more after the circle was over.
Eric Paul Julien, Crew Leader
Alliance for Affordable Energy, New Orleans