Communication Skills for Thinkers

Over the years, I have had to develop substantial communication skills. At present, the two classes available are my introduction to Rationally Connected Conversations and my non-fiction writing course.

  • Introduction to Rationally Connected Conversations
  • The Foundation for Rational Conversations on Emotionally-Charged Topics
  • NonFiction Writing

Introduction to Rationally Connected Conversations

Defensiveness on either side of a conversation kills the connection and dooms communication. “Rationally Connected Conversations” (RCC) is a method for unilaterally eliminating defensiveness from both sides of a conversation. The method is egoistic interpretation of the work of Marshall Rosenberg. When one person uses it, it brings out the rational best in both people.

This class is available for supervised self-study. It is the introduction to the method being taught in the RCC Practice sessions in the Thinking Lab.

The introductory lesson, “Introduction to RCC” is here.

When you finish an lesson, email your comments or questions to me. I will reply and give you the link to the materials for the next lesson.

(Deluxe and VIP members can discuss the material and role-play it in our consult. Please send your comments at least 24 hours before our appointment, so I can look it over.)

The remaining lessons, which are standalone, are:

  • Self-Empathy & the OFNR Cheatsheet
  • Empathy Demo
  • OFNR Demo with Jeff Brown
  • Interview with Jeff Brown

The Foundation for Rational Conversations on Emotionally-Charged Topics

In this course, you learn the egoistic underpinnings for communication. This is an interactive course, with individual exercises.

Part1: WIIFM: What You Bring to the Conversation

  • The selfish value of communication
  • What gets in the way of communication
  • How values are programmed in your psychology
  • How to clarify your own motiviation

Part 2: Dealing with Disagreement

  • The top 3 mistakes people make when they face disagreement
  • The role of trust in communication
  • The role of sovereignty in communication
  • How to address enemy images

The introductory lesson is the previous course–you need to go through the entire “Introduction to Rationally Connected Converstions” before getting access to this course.

When you finish a lesson, email your comments or questions to me. I will reply and give you the link to the matierials for the next lesson.

(Deluxe and VIP members can discuss the material and role-play it in our consult. Please send your comments at least 24 hours before our appointment, so I can look it over.)


Non-Fiction Writing: How to Transform Interesting Ideas into Compelling Prose

Writing is a challenging form of communication. In conversation, you can catch misunderstandings and clarify your intentions. You can get immediate feedback and check to see if you got your message across. In writing, you need to anticipate questions and confusions. You need to figure out how to interest the reader, without knowing exactly who he or she is. There are many possible problems:

  • Are you sometimes paralyzed trying to put words on paper? That’s classic writer’s block.
  • Do you find writing time-consuming and frustrating?
  • Do people misunderstand what you write, even though it makes sense to you?
  • Are you worried that your writing is boring or wordy or otherwise off-putting?

If you have any of these problems, I sympathize. I have had all these and more. In the Non-Fiction Writing Teleseminar, you will learn a reliable process to take the strain and frustration out of writing.

During the sessions, you will work through a writing project, using the 30-page Non-Fiction Writing Handbook.

This class is available for supervised self-study.

The introductory lesson, “Getting to the Point” is here.

When you finish an lesson, email it to me. I will give you an attaboy or attagirl, and perhaps some comments, plus the link to the materials for the next lesson. You can always send questions and comments. I promise at least a short response.

(Deluxe and VIP members can discuss the material in our consult. Please send your answers at least 24 hours before our appointment, so I can look it over.)

Topics of NonFiction Writing Lessons

  • NonFiction #1: 15 Step Process Overview, 1: Purpose, 2: Topic
  • NonFiction #2: 3: Reader’s Context, 4: Title
  • NonFiction #3: 5: Theme
  • NonFiction #4: 6: Notes
  • NonFiction #5: 7: Pitch, 8: Lead, Nut Graph & Conclusion
  • NonFiction #6: 9: Need to Know List, 10: Short Outline
  • NonFiction #7: 11: Chart of Ideas, 12: Draft
  • NonFiction #8: 13: Revise
  • NonFiction #9: 14: Edit for Clarity, 15: Polish to Add Impact
  • NonFiction #10: Final Discussion

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