Learning the Art of Listening – an undervalued game-changer!
“Being heard is so close to being loved, that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” – David Augsberger
Mainstream culture teaches us to be effective speakers. Listening, on the other hand, is often presented as meaning roughly the same thing as “be quiet.” The result is that we come into our groups without the essential skill of deeply hearing one another, and thus fall short of the level of belonging and connection we crave.
This workshop will guide us through Key #1: Skillful Hearing from The Cooperative Culture Handbook (co-authored by Karen Gimnig and Yana Ludwig). Karen will present a structure for deep listening (Mirroring) that focuses our attention and trains our brains to be present with one other. Participants will practice the structure during the workshop. Karen will also give examples of when and how to use it in meetings, for working through conflict, and in group life. Bring your questions, we’ll make time for those too!
Register above to join this live workshop on Zoom and/or to receive the recording in case you can’t make it. Wednesday, November 18th | 1-3pm pacific / 4-6pm eastern (See your local time).
Karen Gimnig is a team builder, motivational speaker and relationship coach. As an Imago Facilitator, Karen uses the theory and practice of Imago Relationships to guide teams and communities through the complexity of working together. Karen has lived in cohousing and served as founder and member of communities that use consensus and sociocratic decision making. She is currently the Communications Director for the Cohousing Association. Other collaborative pursuits include co-authoring (with Yana Ludwig) The Cooperative Culture Handbook: A Social Change Manual to Dismantle Toxic Culture and Build Connection, and co-creating (with Paul Tevis) the Employing Differences podcast.