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6 Surprising Truths About Building Effective Relationships

April 25 @ 12:00 PM 1:00 PM CDT

6 surprising truths about building effective relationships

6 Surprising Truths About Building Effective Relationships

Thursday, April 25, 2024

  • Pacific: 10:00-11:00am
  • Mountain: 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Central: 12:00-1:00pm
  • Eastern: 1:00-2:00pm

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Join intentional community consultant and relationship coach Karen Gimnig to learn 6 surprising truths about building effective relationships in community.

About the event

Most of us arrive in community after decades of living, working and going to school in mainstream society. In all those years, we learned a lot about how to act and what to do when we’re with other people. Unfortunately a lot of what was appropriate in competitive and hierarchical environments doesn’t work very well in egalitarian residential communities. We often see that people move into an intentional community without the relational skills to make it work.

Our presenter, Karen Gimnig, will help you to get in touch with your values and how to align your behavior with those values.  Karen has been a member of three different cohousing communities, served as staff with the Cohousing Association of the US, and has supported more than two dozen communities as they improved their relationships. With her guidance, you’ll see how some of the basic things that have worked well for us in other settings need to be reassessed and sometimes changed if we want to maximize our connection in community.

Join us for 6 Surprising Truths About Building Effective Relationships, to get a taste of best practices for communication and connection whether you’re on the journey to starting a community or are currently residing in one. Our presenter will cover these topics and more in greater depth in our upcoming 6-week course, Communication & Relationship Building in Community

In this webinar, you’ll learn about:

  • The power of deep listening
  • Discerning how my needs fit with community needs
  • Making and answering requests
  • Welcoming disagreement
  • The broad job of facilitation
  • Saying things that don’t feel nice

About your presenter

Karen Gimnig

Karen is a group facilitator, motivational speaker and relationship coach. Her passion is to help groups achieve their goals for connected and trusting relationships through skill building and personal exploration.  

As an Imago Facilitator, Karen uses the theory and practice of Imago Relationships to guide teams and communities through the complexity of working together. She helps groups and individuals identify root causes of challenges and then walks beside them offering gentle support as they seek solutions.  

Karen enjoys working with non-profit organizations, communities (including communities of faith), and workplaces. Her clients describe her as “profoundly effective,” increasing trust and providing simple (but not easy) tools for improved communication and relationships. 

You can learn more about Karen and her services here.


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6 Surprising Truths About Building Effective Relationships


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