Easing the discomfort of tough conversations: Staying steady and creative under pressure
Standing up for the common good is what MVA does best. When we’re organizing, we’re:
- Listening to people and hearing how they’re struggling
- Speaking up when everyone is watching
- Having tough conversations among ourselves as well as others
We are passionate about this work, but it can also get uncomfortable. When we are negotiating with power, our bodies can be instinctively active in the background and we wish they weren’t. We often feel stretched into zones of discomfort. The stomach gets queasy; we feel jittery or our jaw tightens; we might go blank or get teary at the very wrong time. Telling yourself to relax doesn’t settle these instinctive responses.
Physical reactions need physical strategies.
Session learning objectives:
- Improve the effectiveness of your delivery. By learning techniques to work with our instincts and nervous system, you’ll think more clearly and creatively. Your communication will be more effective.
- Decrease the impact of these stressors on your body. You’ll learn to reduce the tensions right in the moment, improving your resilience and better equipping you for healthy activism for the long haul.
What to expect:
We’ll start with stories to explain the techniques, a little of the theory behind them, and why they improve our resilience. You’ll get ample time to practice these tools that you will take away to use next time you need them.
Time: March 30, 2019, 9am-12:30am. Registration at 8:45am.
Location - BCGEU Lower Mainland Office - 2029 Virtual Way. Entrance off Hebb and Renfrew.
COST: $25 per participant suggested donation. Maximum capacity is 22 people. Please RSVP to confirm your spot and bring cash or cheque to the workshop.
Shayna Hornstein, B.Sc. (Reg. P.T.) is an adult educator and somatic coach and is fascinated by how our animal instincts can be mobilized to help instead of hinder our movements. Her organizational development work improves resilience and workplace communication. Lately she’s worked with public sector unions and early childhood educators. She’s been involved with MVA for a couple of years and is an active volunteer with Dogwood.
To be announced
Vancouver, BC V5K1A4
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