Do you have people in your life, friends or family members, whom you meet for dinner or coffee and by the time you go home you are so tired you can’t keep your eyes open? Maybe the conversation makes your body tense up, your belly tighten up in knots, and maybe sometimes, after particular encounters, you are sick to your stomach or have headaches for days. There are people and there are conversations that outright deplete you, and sometimes you wonder what you can do other than avoiding those people forever. And maybe there are people you can avoid, and some you can’t because they’re family members or co-workers.
There are very specific conditions that are required to make any interaction nourishing, and some of those conditions can be created reasonably easily. There also are some questions to ask yourself regarding the role of particular relationships in your life, and some assessments to do. There are things you can do mentally, and things you can do in conversation. This workshop brings you a map to recognize what’s toxic and what’s nourishing in relationships, how to assess cost versus benefits in maintaining the relationship, and how to steer the conversation elegantly towards that which is nourishing for both parties involved.
The workshop covers:
- Deficit vs resource in conversation
- The point of a narrative
- Narrative vampires to look out for
- Steering a conversation from deficit to resource
- Assessing which relationships are worth preserving
- Authentic sharing for evoking empathy and awareness