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Making Requests, NVC-Style

  • Oxybaric 414 Baxter Avenue Louisville, KY, 40204 United States (map)

Are you able to suss out feelings and needs in Nonviolent Communication, but would like more practice with finding strategies to meet your needs?

This workshop focuses on the fourth element of Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication (NVC): making requests. It is designed for anyone who has already taken an Introduction to Nonviolent Communication workshop.

NVC, a communication tool for cultivating empathy and understanding for self and others, has four basic elements: making observations, exploring feelings, uncovering needs, and making requests to meet needs. While the NVC structure is simple, the process can be both challenging and profound, and has elements of both unlearning the way our culture has conditioned us to shame and blame and learning new ways to connect with each other.

This workshop will focus on how to differentiate requests from demands disguised as requests. Participants will learn about both connecting and action requests, putting emphasis on connecting before making and requests for concrete action. Participants will practice making requests through roleplays of scenarios they are given or scenarios from their own lives. 

This workshop is offered in partnership with Oxybaric and costs $30.