Curves and Communication - Weeknotes for 2023-03-06

Published: 2023-03-10 11:30 |

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A variety of things

Improving communication

This year, I've struggled to work well with a particular colleague. At a certain point I went so far as to put all communication through an intermediary because I couldn't find a way to communicate positively. Since then, we've had a couple healing conversations and we're on a pathway to a better working relationship, which has been a major relief.

Doug Belshaw shared a post this week on FONT, which is an application of nonviolent communication methods. Like Doug, I reacted a little to thinking that my communication style was "violent," but I'm wishing I'd seen this way back in the fall when some of the conflict began.

FONT stands for feelings, observations, needs, and thoughts. Doug's post has a great overview of the order you acutally use to work through dealing with conflict, so please take a minute or two to go read it. For me, it stood out that Doug used this in writing to prep for uncomfortable conversations and I think that's something I'm going to try the next time I'm facing a similar situation.

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