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Facilitated by Andy Binning

After a silent meditation and check-in, we engaged with "Hearing "No" in NVC."  We began by individually writing our responses to questions 1 & 2:

  1. Think of someone who "No" you are having a hard time hearing.  Who is this person?  Write down the situation.
  1. What are your feelings and needs when you or think about their "No"? (Provide yourself with self-empathy)


We broke into groups of 3 to let each person speak about their feelings and needs and get empathy from their partners for 5 minutes for each group member.  We followed this with a group check-in.  There was excitement as some people felt energized and seemed ready to move toward solutions and specific actions.


The next phase was breaking into groups of 3 again, with each person getting:

  1. 5 minutes to be the No-Sayer as their partners gave them empathy
  1. 10 minutes to get back to their own perspective and get empathy as they talked through what was going on for them


In the check-in after this 2nd break-out session,  relief and understanding/insight was mentioned.  People also expressed deep appreciation for their partners and there were some beautiful expressions of connection and gratitude.


As the meeting closed, there was a lot of happy excitement, combined with a sense of calm--and many more smiles than at the outset of the meeting.

Jenna Card
CNVC Certified Trainer
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