Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a powerful communication practice pioneered by Marshall Rosenberg, teaching us to use language that builds connection rather than confrontation. NVC is one of the many influences on Diana's work, even while acknowledging the validity of critiques coming from a feminist and system power lens.
The two components of NVC are: Empathetic Listening & Honestly Expressing
For each, we focus on: Observations, Feelings, Needs, Requests.
When we listen with empathy, we listen with particular attention to those four pieces of content.
When we communicate, we focus on those four pieces of content.
The basic NVC model of communicating is:
When I observe ____________, I feel ____________ and my need for _________ is not met.
(Request:) Would you be willing to _________?
Diana is available to conduct personal or group trainings and help you practice these skills.
Many helpful resources can be found at Center for Nonviolent Communication including the two downloads below on Feelings and Needs, which come from that source.
Diana is not a Certified NVC trainer - certified trainers can also be found at CNVC.