Finding a Productive Voice In Difficult Conversations

A Workshop on How to Be Heard 
And Bring Value When Opinions Diverge 
Sunday, May 5, 2019 • 2:00-4:00 pm  in the CommUnity Room 
Envision having a difficult exchange with a person you respect. You both have passionate but divergent opinions on a matter each of you holds dear.  You seek to “win over” each other. You talk. And talk. Entrenched in personal viewpoints, neither convinces the other. In the end, you both have higher pulse rates and are dissatisfied with the conversation.
Does this scenario sound familiar, and indeed frustrating to you?  There IS another way to approach such conversations.
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to seek alignment rather than agreement. While agreement calls for congruence of opinion, alignment seeks congruence of intention. Join presenters Paula Schiff and Jim Lovelace as they delve into the differences between agreement and alignment and help you “stretch your muscles” in conversations with others. 
Paula SchiffPaula Schiff is a former human resources professional who developed a consulting practice of training managers to effectively lead mergers and acquisitions, organizational development and change. She is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute and is currently participating in CTI’s Leadership Program. Paula has been a part of the Unity of Walnut Creek community for ten years.  
Jim LovelaceJim Lovelace is a former litigator in Washington, DC, who now oversees the professional development of attorneys at a large international law firm. He designs training programs and provides coaching to attorneys regarding their career paths and satisfaction. He is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through the Coaches Training Institute and is currently participating in its Leadership Program.  Jim is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Texas School of Law.  He and his family live in Arlington, VA, where he is a lay leader in his United Methodist congregation.