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Tip: 4 Steps to Effective Communication
Okay, so I'm a stickler for language.

Words have power and yet we don't always know how the best way to communicate effectively.

My favorite framework is Non-Violent Communication (NVC), created by Marshall Rosenberg. It's easier said than done, and at first it feels awkward, but I promise - stick with it, and you'll see transformations occur. So here, it is:

1. Observe what is arising. Name it, don't blame it. Use "I" statements. "Hey love, I'm noticing, every time I come into the kitchen in the morning, the phone is always out, and we don't get to talk much before I leave for work."

2. Name how what you experience (from #1 above) makes you feel. "When the phone is always out, I feel disconnected, and then am sad throughout the day that we didn't get time together in the morning."

3. Name (in general terms) what you need to alleviate the feeling (from #2 above). "When I'm feeling disconnected, I could use some attention, and acknowledgment."

4. Make a specific request in the moment (directly related to #1). "So right now, can you please put down your phone and can we connect for a few minutes since I have to leave?"

Notice how there was no "you" until #4. This isn't easy, but it is powerful!!!

Want help putting this in place? Let me know and I'll be happy to guide you!

Happy loving!
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Joree Rose, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #93545 and founder of the Bay Area Mindfulness and Therapy Center, in Northern California. She is the creator of the JOURNEY FORWARD WITH JOREE ROSE podcast, offers online courses in mindfulness and meditation, and leads retreats around the world. She also has two mindfulness books for kids published, speaks locally and nationally, as well as does corporate trainings in mindfulness. At the root of all her work, Joree guides her clients to JOURNEY FORWARD,  which means getting unstuck from what’s not working in your life (habits, patterns, outdated stories you are living by, relationships or jobs that are no longer serving you) and gaining the tools, shifting your mindset and integrating science-backed frameworks that will lead to lasting change towards your authentic happiness, peace and joy. A big piece of my work is my story –I have Journeyed Forward, and I am a living example of the tools I teach, so I know that not only do the tools that I teach work, but that change and growth is possible. Happiness is attainable!
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