Communicating for Effectiveness, Clarity and Connection


   Marcia Christen (CNVC Certified Trainer)

Location: Bremerton Kitsap Unitarian Universalist

   Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4418 Perry Ave. NE, Bremerton WA

Date and Time:

   Sat, Apr 1, 2017

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


  Free to members of KUUF. Donations accepted. Suggested donation for non members:  $75-100, and pay what you can available


   Whether its larger issues in our country or communication in our families and communities, we need communication skills to be able to reach each other when we have differences, that reach across the divide, and we need ways to stay connected and find solutions that work for all. Not an easy task. That's why we need to explore ways to speak and listen in ways that lead to more connection, understanding and effectiveness. After all, what we say may change the world!

Dr. Marshall Rosenberg identified a specific approach to communicating — called Nonviolent Communication (NVC) — that leads us to give from the heart, connecting us in a way that allows our natural compassion to flourish without giving up the values that we cherish. He spent many years sharing this in some of the most war-torn areas of the world.

While studying the factors that affect our ability to communicate and stay compassionate, Marshall Rosenberg was struck by the crucial role that language can play. While we may not consider the way we talk to be “violent,” words often lead to hurt and pain toward ourselves or to others. That’s because so many of us have been trained to speak in terms of moralistic judgments, evaluations and labels that disconnect us from compassion.


  • You'll leave with:
  • An understanding of what motivates your own and others behavior
  • An increased awareness of what you want and how to move towards it
  • A map to be able to increase your ability to empathize with others so you can listen to anyone and have greater understanding
  • A way to speak your truth with love that will increase the likelihood of being heard and contributing to collaboration whether it's feedback, gratitude, or your honesty.
  • A short form to express appreciation (not praise) that will be more likely to be taken in.
  • A group of co-learners
  • Having had some fun!

Who is it for?

  Anyone who is wanting to find ways to speak and listen in ways that lead to understanding and connection.
Recommended for teen, young adults and adults.

Registration and deposit info:

What to bring:

  paper and pencil
Sack lunch if you want (some local food within 5 miles)
willingness to learn
open heart and mind
anything that might help you sit comfortably