Life in Phnom Penh can get on top of the best of us. The pollution, endless heat, electric blackouts and high stress work-life balance can cloud your judgement and change your temperament.
Not sure why you get so easily frustrated with your colleagues or even close family members? Perhaps you’re a little too quick to raise your voice with the tuk tuk driver for taking the wrong turn down Monivong? You’re not alone. You, like most people, probably don’t effectively manage your stress and this gets turned on others and often, those closest to you.
This is the thinking behind this weekend’s workshop from Dorset Campbell-Ross on non-violent communication (NVC).
The internationally renowned lecturer and counsellor has been specialising in communication and relationship skills for almost 30 years. Campbell-Ross is a certified trainer with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) and has conducted business and personal relationship training across the globe including: the US, UK, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. This weekend he comes to Phnom Penh.
How Does it Work?
The two-day workshop begins on Saturday morning, where you will work towards developing better connections not just with others but your own consciousness. In doing so, the idea is to develop the communication skills you need to foster real connections – enhancing your ability to really listen and understand.
Dorset Campbell-Ross specialises in teaching these vital skills of communication in safe and supportive environments. He uses visual aids, group work and even draws on his past life experience of being a musician to make use of song and humour to make the workshops both engaging and exciting.
Who is it For?
Unless you happen to be born with the patience of the Dalai Lama, nonviolent communication is important tool for anyone to learn. In fact, it’s now being taught in 35 different countries, to more than 250,000 people.
From classrooms, to boardrooms and even war zones, NVC aims to get to the root of violence, pain and conflict by examining the unmet needs behind what we do or say. There’s a reason this mediation method is becoming more and more popular not just in everyday life, but in prisons, unstable countries, and even for helping develop leadership strategy in multinational corporations.
What to Expect
There’s a good chance that a course like this will be the first time you’ve really taken a critical look at the way you express your emotions, or tapped into your ability to empathise with others beyond the superficial level. The workshop organisers hope to give you the practical, easy-to-learn tools that you can use every day to better your communication, whether at work, in hostile situations, with those you love… or that hapless tuktuk driver.