Communicate to collaborate – learn how to make positivity and mindfulness the guiding principles of your conversations

Discover how to interact with others to achieve positive outcomes. Communicate more effectively to promote collaboration rather than competition. Explore the power of mindful listening.

Our course provides you with a comprehensive understanding of how what we say – and how we say it – affects our interpersonal relationships.

By understanding this we can then work on developing more constructive and harmonious methods of communication that will go a long way to creating better relationships between individuals and within communities. This course will show you how.

Here are just some of the skills you will gain in this self-paced online course:

  • Know the basic principles behind open, honest communication
  • Appreciate the choice and agency we have when communicating with others
  • Understand the influence of previous generations on our use of language
  • Consider how others can interpret exaggeration
  • Recognize the ways that the phrase ‘I feel…’ may be interpreted
  • Be able to separate feelings from thought when communicating
  • Understand how criticism and blame creates unproductive communication
  • Learn about finding and meeting our common needs through mutual respect and exchange
  • Know how to initiate dialogue rather than talking at someone
  • Appreciate the difference between requests and demands
  • Understand how listening is as much an active part of communication as speaking
  • Consider how paraphrasing can be used to reaffirm someone's request
  • Appreciate how empathy can make for clearer, more productive communication
  • Recognize when negative self-talk limits us
  • Discover how to forgive yourself and move forward positively
  • Realize that anger comes from within and is not simply the fault of others
  • Understand the different between punishment and protective force
  • Know that punishment can have long-term effects counter to those intended
  • Consider how being unable to communicate can lead to stress and depression
  • Understand that vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness

Communication is the key to creating constructive, non-confrontational exchanges that seek to meet the needs of all.

Indeed, language is what, in many respects, makes us who we are; it is what enables us to transmit ideas and convey emotion.

But too often our histories, cultural expectations and ingrained patterns of speech inhibit us in fostering honest, open dialogue with one another.

More often than not we are led to believe that we should approach each other as competitors rather than collaborators, which means we put up barriers to open, honest communication before we even start talking, and that when we do begin to communicate, our expectations prevent us from actually getting across what would be most useful and fruitful.

This course breaks through those barriers to show you how we can all communicate more effectively.

It covers all aspects of communication – from the way that we use compliments and how we formulate requests to generate mutual benefits, to the role that stress can play in undermining our intentions when it comes to communicating.

Let’s face it; if you’re stressed you tend not to be so adept at vocalizing your thoughts. The mindful approach to your communication – and the emotions that underpin it – that this course focuses on will enable you to be more calm and measured in your approach to conversing with others.

The course also explores that other crucial aspect of communication – listening. You’ll learn how to be a more active, engaged listener so that you can gain a better understanding of what your family, friends or co-workers are trying to transmit to you. You’ll learn how to be more present and active in a conversation when the other party is talking, and explore the role that empathy plays in understanding another’s needs. When we talk we want to be understood, so it makes sense that we learn how best to listen so that everyone can have the same sense of satisfaction that they are being heard.

During the course we will also delve into where some of the more common failures of communication come from, and offer suggestions about how to get over them. You’ll be given some practical steps to help you achieve this, based on four key principles. These are:

  • Observing without judging
  • Expressing our feelings
  • Communicating our needs
  • Formulating specific requests

Keeping these principles in mind when we approach any mode of communication – from discussing family issues to collaborating on a project at work, or debating local issues – will enable us to relate to one another more openly and effectively to ensure conclusions that are beneficial to all involved.

This course also looks at how we communicate with ourselves, and how the statements that we use to describe ourselves can have a significant impact on how we progress as people, and how we relate to others. This is combined with lessons about framing your self-talk in a much more positive light, so that you can learn and move on from what might be holding you back. For instance, did you know how the use of the word “should” can be detrimental when talking about ourselves, or how the way we talk about ourselves can inhibit our ability to forgive ourselves? You will with this course.

When it comes to communication, we are all pretty much the same. We all have certain needs and desires that we wish to be fulfilled – such as feeling secure enough to express our opinion and to be able to fully formulate our wishes, to feeling as though our conversations are non-hierarchical and that we are being listened to. This course provides the tools and techniques to help you fulfill those needs – for you and those you communicate with.

Build your self-sufficiency skills with a self-paced online learning experience:

We’ve focused on not just what you learn on this course, but how you learn it. We recognize that people like to learn in different ways, or appreciate being able to study information in a number of ways to help make information more tangible. That’s why this package incorporates a number of methods that you can use to work your way through the course. When you invest in this course, you’ll receive for one full year:

  • An eBook of the course
  • Access to a video animation
  • An audio-only recording of the course
  • Summaries to guide you through the sections
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge

You can use some or all of these resources to bring this information to life and make learning a pleasure. You could read the eBook on your tablet while sitting in the garden, and then listen to the audio as you go for a run – the choice is yours.

And once you’ve completed the course successfully, you’ll receive a certificate to commemorate your achievement.

We believe that the world can benefit from more open, honest and productive communication. And we want as many people as possible to have access to this course.

“When people talk, listen completely.” – Ernest Hemingway

Pay just $99 when you sign up right now.