It’s a widely known fact men and women struggle to communicate effectively with one another.
Simply put — we think differently.
To compound the difficulty, we have several subcategories of communication style: aggressive, assertive, manipulative, passive-aggressive, and submissive.
Is it really any wonder that meeting someone we can get along with seems like nothing more than a decision left up to fate, a strike of lightning, or a roll of the dice?
When first approached about the idea of attending a communication seminar, I pictured a dull classroom setting, an almost-empty room with a few socially awkward strangers wearing name tags, and an aging professor type droning on about the effects of speaking style.
While it didn’t seem quite as awful as getting lost in the self-help section of a bookstore, it was enough induce a daytime coma, something which hadn’t happened to me since my high school chemistry class.
However, professional and personal curiosity got the better of me, and I found myself heading through a snowstorm to have A Conscious Conversation, a seminar put on by Bruce Dougherty and Dr. Gisele Tennant of A Conscious Partner (www.aconsciouspartner.com).
When I arrived, it was not to a classroom but a local pub, and a large, age-diverse crowd, who all appeared to have a firm grasp on current social cues.
Clearly, this was going to be much different than the mind-numbingly dull scenario I had envisioned.
The room was packed, which was doubly surprising given the weather and road conditions, and everyone was conversing in small and large groups.
I was given my name tag (the only piece of my preconceived notion to enter into the event), and within minutes found myself chatting with some of the regular attendees.
The seminar began with every individual being given a different colour of paper with a puzzle — this was the ice breaker.
Once you made your way to your colour-coded group, you had to work together to solve a riddle.
In addition to these colour-coded riddles, each participant had a sequence of four letters affixed to their name tags, which were your cleverly disguised seating arrangements.
Every 20 minutes brought a new seating assignment, along with a new puzzle to work through.
With this design, you were able to organically meet almost every individual in the room, without the awkwardness of a speed date, all the while learning about how to improve communication.
What surprised me most was how quickly the night went by — a sure indicator that I was genuinely enjoying myself.
Instead of sitting in a room being talked to about communication, a unique learning environment had been created to use the concepts we were being taught.
For more information about other seminars A Conscious Partner offers, check out their website at http://www.aconsciouspartner.com, or find them at Meetup Calgary at https://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Conscious-Meetup/
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