Great Communication

Great Communication

Saturday, September 7, 2024 - 14:00 to 18:00
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4 hour masterclass

Have you ever found yourself stuck for words or feeling like you can't stop pushing someone to hear you?  Really connecting to someone on a heart-level involves an awareness of how to create a nourishing, safe space where each of you feels open to listening and/or speaking. This is quite an art form and one worth putting time into learning how to create, so I am thrilled to share insights and delve into this art form in further detail during the workshop.

Martin Buber said that relationship lives in the space between us. When we don’t know about this space we might pollute it with a word or a reaction and as a result, the space may become unsafe. Some people might become louder in this space and some may become quieter.

The various intricate ways in which we communicate with each other and form connections often has much to do with your attachment style and how your nervous system is responding to someone. The session will illuminate the role of self-awareness in communication. Recognising one's own emotions, triggers, and patterns is pivotal for constructive interactions. In this workshop, I will be sharing how to slow down and be more connected with yourself using the mediative technique of Hedy Schliefer and the guiding inquiries from Harville Hendrix. 

Once you have the vital understanding of how to be "with yourself", I will then will be guiding you through the journey of creating a necessary "Bridge" for enhancing the quality of your everyday connections so you can have a space to deeply listen to or share with someone. Whether in personal relationships, professional settings, or casual encounters, the skills gained from this workshop are invaluable and universally applicable. I'm not only going to guide you on how to do this most effectively, but I will offer you the opportunity to go on a "Bridge".  

Want to know more? Go ahead and listen to this episode from the 'Before We Say I Do' podcast, where a couple works on forming a meaningful "Bridge", and find out how they got on - link here

In addition to understanding the psychological underpinnings that influence our communication dynamics, this talk delves into practical strategies for enhancing relationships through effective dialogue. Bridging supports a way for two people to meet in their hearts. It involves appreciative enquiry as one person listens and asks the other opening questions.

You'll explore the significance of empathy, active listening, and verbal and non-verbal cues in fostering understanding and trust. By examining real-life scenarios and engaging in an interactive exercise, you will gain insight to navigate complex conversations with confidence and grace.


About the speaker, Cate Mackenzie
Cate Mackenzie is a Psychosexual Therapist, Couples Counsellor and Love Coach. She gives monthly Facebook lives on relationships for Psychologies Magazine and wrote a column on love for Spirit and Destiny Magazine for two years. She has taught in 6 countries, sold her heart paintings in 80 countries and was the dating coach for Channel 4's "The Undateables". Cate believes in love and relationship and helping people to have the tools to have the relationship with themselves and others that they desire and so be able to manifest the life of their dreams.
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