Jeff Brown

Language of Report: 
English
Year of Report: 
2012
Share My Report With: 
General Public (Including Certified Trainers and Certification Candidates)
A. Approximately how many training days did you have this year?: 
40
B. Briefly list the groups and organizations you worked with this year as a trainer.: 
Columbus Montessori Education Center, Cincinnati Montessori Society, Columbus Public Schools (Linden McKinley High School), Plymouth Community Renewal Center (Louisville, KY), Hostelling International (Ohio State University chapter), The Farm, United Neighborhood Health Services (Nashville, TN), National Church Residences (PA), Interfaith Paths to Peace (Louisville, KY), Rocky Mountain Center for Compassionate Communication, NVC Nashville, Educational Council.
C. Approximately how many people did you offer NVC training to this year?: 
900
D. What are you celebrating about your training experiences this year? What was significant for you? What touched your heart?: 
I am celebrating working with several organizations and workplaces and how I am becoming more satisfied with how I can translate how I teach NVC in personal growth workshops into something that works for workplace employees.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
I was leading a 1/2 day training with a group partially composed of inner city, African American teenagers and partly composed of white, middle class people in their 50s and 60s. (it was about 50/50 of both groups). For the first hour, I focused on the principle of connection, specifically "connecting across differences" (to borrow a term from Dian Killian and Jane Connor's book). This went very well. Later, I began sharing some of the practices of NVC, and some of the teenagers began talking amongst themselves and this was distracting to the older adults. At one point, one of the teens hit another teen sitting next to him, which made a very loud noise and they got into a conflict. At that point, I realized that my teaching style was not working well for all members of the group, so I asked them to get into pairs and talk about what they can do when other people around them are doing something that they do not like... what are the options for influencing that person, and what tactics can you use? Then we had a lively group discussion about this and I used the example that had happened in the group (one teen hitting another), and it made it very relevant and everyone seemed more engaged.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
I invite people to see that universal human needs are an expression of the divine energy within us. Also, I refer to Carl Rogers' "Self-Actualizing Tendency" as it relates to human needs.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
My goal is to bring NVC principles to people in organizations who hold influential positions, such that they are a living model of what it can look like to be a leader informed by NVC principles.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
I have been the Executive Director of Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio since June 2009, and in my role have mentored people who are sharing NVC in the world, built a fundraising program, developed relationships with other organizations, and built relationships with our stakeholders. For the fourth year, I was a trainer with the NVC Training Institute and also led the groups administration, marketing, registration and financial management.
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
People frequently expressed fatigue in the afternoon of day-long events, so I found several strategies to address this including my favorite -- inviting them to do a movement-based activity after lunch, followed by a walking meditation, followed by some free form drawing and journaling whilst outside or lying on the floor.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
Staying in balance as I wear multiple hats: 1) Trainer; 2) leader; 3) executive director; 4) human being without roles or titles. It can be tiring to be switching back and forth from one to another, so my growing edge is to incorporate everything into the same "way of being" no matter what kind of task I am performing, and keep my practice of self-connection/connecting with others going in any setting.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
I was at trainer for two 7-day retreats sponsored by the NVC Training Institute, one in Colorado (U.S.) and the other in Gloucestershire (England). I was nourished by my fellow trainers Gina Lawrie, Wes Taylor, Robert Gonzales and Susan Skye. I also enjoyed working more and more with Susanna Warren, a trainer in development in Columbus, Ohio throughout 2012 (who became a Certified Trainer with CNVC in February 2013). Finally, I co-led a 5-day retreat with Dian Killian (New York City, NY) and François Beausoleil (Quebec, Canada) and thoroughly enjoyed my experience with them.
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