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How to Have Hard Conversations

This two-hour workshop will give you the tools and strategies for developing self-awareness around your unacknowledged needs and fears, your conversational patterns, and your conflict-style. You’ll also learn strategies for self-regulating with empathy and curiosity.

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Big Self School

Live Class

$ 97.00 USD

October 6, 2020

6:30-8:30pm EST

2-hour Live Class
Live, Expert-led Instruction
Workbook
Access to Online Community

Class Overview

The art of managing our emotions while still effectively communicating through hard conversations is one of the most important social skills we can learn. And one of the hardest.

When the stakes and emotions are high and the opinions seem diametrically opposed, our sense of calm and reason go out the door. When things get emotional, we feel the need to defend and protect ourselves from feelings of rejection, embarrassment, and shame. And when we get “triggered” we default into pre-conditioned stress-induced patterns of responding that are unhelpful. These responses get in the way of our real desire — to be seen and heard and to feel connected. 

In this current political and cultural climate where different viewpoints are accelerating and on full display, and where remote work makes communicating well even harder, the skills you learn in this workshop will help you navigate tricky terrain. Whether it’s a conversation with mom and dad about the 2020 election, giving challenging feedback to a colleague, or attending a neighborhood potluck where differing opinions about social distancing abound, you will be armed to take on these conversations with unflappable poise and a realistic goal in mind.  

We all have psychological “ghosts” that we bring into our communication. When things get tense, they tend to come out, uninvited, and with gusto. This two-hour workshop will give you the tools and strategies for developing self-awareness around your ghosts — your unacknowledged needs and fears, your conversational patterns, and your conflict-style. You’ll also learn strategies for self-regulating with empathy and curiosity.

Who should attend:

This workshop is for anyone who wants to navigate difficult conversations with more diplomacy, ease, and wisdom. If you are experiencing — or are planning to experience — hard conversations with family, friends, or colleagues, these skills will help you enter into the conversations with deeper psychological insights into why you do what you do, and why your conversation partner does what she does. 

This workshop is most helpful for people who seek more than to be “right.” Are you ready to enter conversations with a realistic goal, driven by empathy, and need a framework for getting there? This workshop is for you.

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Build self-awareness around how and why you get "triggered."

Listening strategies that equip you to understand and respond, not to defend and react.

How to stay in your “rational brain” even when things get heated or hard in a conversation.

The steps for navigating a hard conversation.

How to set and keep a boundary during a hard conversation.

Insights & Clarity

Insights and clarity into yourself from the stories you unearth.

Calm

An easy, accessible way to increase your calm and energy levels.

Focus

Ideas for improving your focus and concentration.

Self-confidence

An increase in self-confidence.

Empathy

More empathy for other people.

Your Teacher

Dr. Shelley Prevost

Shelley is a licensed therapist, educational psychologist, and experienced workshop facilitator. After working as a business psychologist and startup executive for the past 10 years, Dr. Prevost has come back to her roots in positive psychology and promoting her belief that psychology is “soul work.” Modern psychology, in its attempt to systematically diagnose disorders and quash symptoms, has divorced the soul almost entirely from understanding psychological health. Through the Big Self School, Dr. Prevost hopes to change that. She believes that we experience life as whole humans and that arbitrary barriers exist between the roles in work and life and parenting and friendships. The goal of our human experience is an authentic integration of all these parts of ourselves, which begins in a deep and abiding sense of self. Only when we know and appreciate ourselves can we rejoin our soul with our roles.

Your Teacher

Dr. Chad Prevost

Chad has advanced degrees in creative writing, literature, and theology. Being married to a psychotherapist has been another education. A workshop leader and entrepreneur, he has started and participated in writing and literary arts communities in New York, Austin, Atlanta, and Chattanooga. He also has experience writing as a journalist for startups in tech and logistics. He is the author of several books of poetry, as well as interactive-fiction for youth. Over the years, he has innovated writing processes to foster reflection and insight, narrative strength, and authentic voice.

The art of managing our emotions while still effectively communicating through hard conversations is one of the most important social skills we can learn. And one of the hardest.

When the stakes and emotions are high and the opinions seem diametrically opposed, our sense of calm and reason go out the door. When things get emotional, we feel the need to defend and protect ourselves from feelings of rejection, embarrassment, and shame. And when we get “triggered” we default into pre-conditioned stress-induced patterns of responding that are unhelpful. These responses get in the way of our real desire — to be seen and heard and to feel connected. 

In this current political and cultural climate where different viewpoints are accelerating and on full display, and where remote work makes communicating well even harder, the skills you learn in this workshop will help you navigate tricky terrain. Whether it’s a conversation with mom and dad about the 2020 election, giving challenging feedback to a colleague, or attending a neighborhood potluck where differing opinions about social distancing abound, you will be armed to take on these conversations with unflappable poise and a realistic goal in mind.  

We all have psychological “ghosts” that we bring into our communication. When things get tense, they tend to come out, uninvited, and with gusto. This two-hour workshop will give you the tools and strategies for developing self-awareness around your ghosts — your unacknowledged needs and fears, your conversational patterns, and your conflict-style. You’ll also learn strategies for self-regulating with empathy and curiosity.

Who should attend:

This workshop is for anyone who wants to navigate difficult conversations with more diplomacy, ease, and wisdom. If you are experiencing — or are planning to experience — hard conversations with family, friends, or colleagues, these skills will help you enter into the conversations with deeper psychological insights into why you do what you do, and why your conversation partner does what she does. 

This workshop is most helpful for people who seek more than to be “right.” Are you ready to enter conversations with a realistic goal, driven by empathy, and need a framework for getting there? This workshop is for you.

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