Responding with Compassion in Turbulent Times

Your Guide to Difficult Conversations
(Self-guided class)

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Yes! I want to learn how to have compassionate conversations!

Let's face it. We’re in interesting times. Many world events are creating rifts in our society. Elections, referendums and other activities are driving divisiveness between people based on race and ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, gender and more.

It’s easy to get whipped up on social media trying to convince others of our opinions. It's also easy to forget there’s a person at the other end or our tirades.

Hearing different perspectives from those we love and think we know is no easier. We may feel betrayed or deceived, and wonder if we need to reevaluate our relationship with them.

I'm Susan McCuistion, and I’ve been doing cultural diversity work for over 20 years. I believe that, instead of diving heedlessly into divisive debates, we should always first try to understand other perspectives. We don’t have to agree with them, but we do have to try to understand them.

And to understand them, we have to talk about them.

That's much easier said than done.

We spend too much time playing a game of tug-o-war, trying to convince others that we’re right and they’re wrong. Rather than being focused on solutions, we blame each other and find fault.

The truth is, it’s not your duty to change someone else’s mind. You may never convince anyone of your opinion, and you have to be OK with that.

But we all have to work and live and interact with each other, whether it’s family members, coworkers or neighbors. What can you do to avoid deeper conflict, and preserve and protect those relationships you want to keep?

To that extent, this self-guided mini course is focused on diffusing situations and working towards solutions, even if the solution is, “We’ll agree to disagree.” It’s focused on having reasonable discussions with reasonable people.

This course is for people of all viewpoints, so I do have a disclaimer:

I’ve included examples from divergent perspectives, so don’t be surprised if you roll your eyes, or feel a little frustrated and maybe angry. That’s natural. And honestly, that’s part of the learning process.

It is important to consider the viewpoints of all people who are true in their intent of wanting to have respectful conversations. It’s part of building compassion.

This mini-course should take less than half an hour to complete. For your 30 minute investment, you’ll gain a few tips and build a few skills that may help you save a relationship or two.

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