Liv Monroe

Language of Report: 
English
Year of Report: 
2010
Share My Report With: 
General Public (Including Certified Trainers and Certification Candidates)
A. Approximately how many training days did you have this year?: 
14
B. Briefly list the groups and organizations you worked with this year as a trainer.: 
General Public The Evergreen State College Students and Staff University of Washington Class Couples Americorps Professional Therapists
C. Approximately how many people did you offer NVC training to this year?: 
299
D. What are you celebrating about your training experiences this year? What was significant for you? What touched your heart?: 
I wasn't working more than was joyful. Facilitating Restorative Circles and offering RC trainings. As a guest speaker adding an NVC section into mediation trainings. My heart is touched by the ah-ha experiences participant share. "This is not a technique to show you are nonjudgmental. It is about being nonjudgmental." or learning that some words we use as feelings are actually thoughts that imply blame.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
Participants talking longer than other participants enjoyed. I sometimes didn't notice until later because I was engaged. Then I would discuss "bringing conversations back to life, i.e. interrupting in Giraffe." Or I would connect what had happened with my listening to the "long talker" back to the practice of empathy and use it as a teaching moment. Also, I sometimes just returned to the teaching I was wanting to share.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
I share Connection as the spiritual basis of NVC. Connection with self, others, and life. Near the beginning of most presentations I share that NVC is a consciousness,that I will be offering a process that can help bring us to that consciousness, and that NVC is not about getting the words right even though we will be talking about the affects of words.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
To share the process of Restorative Justice, specifically the empathic listening tools from NVC, with groups and individuals. My goal is to share this lots by facilitating Restorative Circles. I also intend to continue offering free intros to NVC 5-6 times a year to touch as many individuals as possible. The main point I am now enjoying sharing is simply to shift ones focus to what they want rather than what they don't want; what they long for rather than what others are doing that they don't like. I intend to continue doing this in many interactions, most have nothing to do with NVC.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
I continue to be a member of Northwest Compassionate Communication formerly PSNCC. I have not attended many meetings this year because of my desire to save on carbon footprint and to use my time differently.
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
Evaluations have been very positive. My main learning is that different folks benefit from different ways of presenting so I use a bigger and bigger variety. Physical movement, art, visuals, think time, extreme examples, everyday examples, demonstrating, didactic presentations, and more.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
To limit the size of some workshops for more individualized learning. Another option would be to have more assistants.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
I love working with other trainers and have not done it as much as I like. This year I worked with Holley and with Fred both of whom I hope to work with more. The most meaningful experience was watching them make magic happen, at least that is how it felt to the participants who were receiving the empathy and those watching.
N. Is there anything else you would enjoy sharing with the CNVC network?: 
I am now enjoying living in cohousing more than I ever imagined. NVC has helped make it what it is and will continue to.
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