The University of Wisconsin-Superior's Center for Continuing Education will host a workshop Nov. 1-2 to help individuals learn the principles of Nonviolent (Compassionate) Communication and how to apply them in their own lives.

"Talk So People Will Listen, Listen so People Will Talk: Cultivating Compassionate Communication," with speech and language therapist Ann Harrington, will examine how leading with heartfelt empathy can transform conflict.

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For more than 12 years, Harrington has dedicated herself to changing how people talk and listen. As an expert in the practice of nonviolent communication, Harrington has worked with many groups and individuals to help build and strengthen interpersonal connections - even in difficult and contentious situations - by changing how they think about themselves and others and how they communicate.

Harrington describes Nonviolent Communication as "a way of giving and receiving understanding and respect using a set of language skills that can help to resolve conflict and rebuild trust in any relationship, personal or professional."

She explains that this international model of peaceful communication is based on four components of communication: observations (free from judgments); feelings/emotions (rather than thoughts); needs/values (rather than preferences); and requests (rather than demands).

Participants in this workshop will learn the meaning of each of these components, how to identify them in themselves and others, how to apply them in their lives and practice with their own or suggested scenarios.

The two-day workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information and to register, visit and click on "Upcoming Events" or call 715-394-8191.

The workshop fee is $249 through Monday, Oct. 15, and $299 after. Participants are encouraged to bring along an "empathy buddy" for half price.

To arrange a group rate for three or more from an organization, contact Esther Gieschen at 715-394-8529 or