Listening for a Change: Skills for Dialogue
Only through true listening and understanding can we hope to create communities of integrity that sustain us and elicit our best actions. Whether you're facilitating a discussion among members of your family, workplace, or faith community, this workshop will help you learn to listen with curiosity and to welcome multiple perspectives.
At a glance
What: Listening for a Change: Skills for Dialogue
When: TW, Sept 27-28 8:30am-4:30pm
Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI
Continuing education credit: 14 hours (1.4 CEUs)
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In a highly competitive culture, many of us have learned to listen in ways that strengthen the arguments in support of our perspective. We focus on critiquing others’ ideas and defending our point of view.
Dialogue shifts us from a mindset of persuading to one of learning. It invites us to engage with curiosity and openness, and to discover the shared meaning living among different perspectives. Slowing down, examining assumptions and listening deeply not only builds stronger, more trusting relationships, it supports us in doing our best thinking together and discovering more innovative solutions.
This workshop will help you learn to:
- Slow down, check out assumptions, and notice observable data
- Ground and center to decrease defensiveness while listening
- Shift from blaming to owning and expressing feelings
- Excavate beyond positions to engage in needs-based conversations
- Use questions of inquiry to gain understanding of different perspectives