Use nonviolent communication to connect with colleagues

Hannah du Plessis

Principal, Fit Associates

Much of what passes for communication at work doesn’t connect us with our colleagues. When we diagnose, judge, or assert our status, we block empathy. Real communication isn’t a quest for control: it helps people to connect, learn from each other, and discover new possibilities.

I was raised to keep conversations peaceful and pleasant. If I thought my opinion might cause conflict, I’d keep it to myself. This didn’t serve me. When I was on the verge of losing my business, I realized the consequences of giving up my voice. During this crisis I learned about nonviolent communication (NVC), a way of speaking honestly without attacking others. Learn how to:

At Fit Associates Hannah helps groups to create their best future together. She teaches design for social innovation at The School of Visual Arts and Carnegie Mellon School of Design.

Get notified about future livestreamed events

Join our mailing list to get reminders and connection details.