How to Have Difficult Conversations

Vaccine Edition
Pre-recorded Workshop with Dr. Yvette Erasmus


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How do you stay connected across ideological divides?

How do you have meaningful, constructive conversations when there is intense disagreement?

How can you change hearts and minds on the issues you care about most?

How to have the vaccine conversation – nonviolently.

In this “How to Have Difficult Conversations” workshop series, we’ll be talking all about how to have the vaccine conversation – nonviolently.

Learn concrete skills and get strategies for effective listening, managing emotions, and understanding someone else’s perspective, as well as finding common ground, avoiding self-righteousness, and telling your own story.

You’ll also get conversation prompts, practical exercises, case examples, and self-reflections to help you to visualize and practice starting, sustaining, and ending challenging conversations. The principles we explore can be applied to all kinds of hot-button issues.

Even though we live in polarized, divisive times, we have the power to offer a relational, curious, engaged spirit in our conversations with others.

  • We can focus on both the inner transformation, healing, and growing-up work that we are each able to do individually.

  • We can skill-up our capacity to engage in the critically important dialogue and cultural change work needed for a healthy, sustainable, peaceful, compassionate global community.

  • We can learn new moves, new skills, and new scripts for having relationally and emotionally intelligent conversations that bridge the divides. 

Our intention for this workshop: To ground ourselves in a new process for having these conversations with compassion, clarity, confidence, and choicefulness.

Some Reviews from real people

I wanted to shore up and tidy my relational tool-box.

When I signed up, I felt as though my metaphorical relationship workbench was a total mess. Over the last year, I’ve learned to use a bunch of new tools, and even though it’s frustrating when I encounter a moment when I know a tool is needed and I can’t decipher which and quite how it works, I now have a community and a place to turn to for support and practical guidance.

– Anonymous

Yvette is a Black Belt in personal relationships and communication.

There is no one I know who is as extraordinary at working with people to have them get in touch with themselves and others in such a powerful, effective manner. She can consistently and patiently deal with people’s wide range of challenges and provide such caring, heartfelt, wise and effective ways of addressing each of them. Yvette is a gift to our world.

-Terry Gips, CEO of Sustainability Associates, Co-Founder and President of the Alliance for Sustainability

Yvette purposefully creates an extremely safe environment and culture where everyone’s feelings and needs are honored.

Her facilitation and counseling skills are phenomenal, she is highly skilled, deeply empathic, very patient, exceptionally compassionate and extremely insightful.

-Dave Casey, Certified Life Coach and Organizational Development Consultant, CPCC

Yvette’s lucid and inspiring translation of NVC helped me to embody this practice and carry it with me everyday.

Even the relationships in my life that were working well have grown more satisfying and joyful. Working with Yvette has been transformational. She has helped me discover how everyday life can be more awesome and wonderful.

-Wendy Morris

Join us as we explore how to communicate compassionately with the people we disagree with on the vaccine issue.

The live workshop was presented in August 2021.
All who register now will receive access to the video replay, an audio file, and a transcript of the live workshop.

What the workshop covers:

01How to Prepare for a Successful Dialogue: Emotional Readiness and Self-Trust

02The 5 Main Barriers to “getting through” to one another, combined with practical interventions and new moves to overcome each of them

03Locating the Conversation – what are we “really” talking about?

04The Magic Question you can ask to redirect any disagreement

What the workshop does NOT cover:

01We don’t address the pros or cons of various ideological positions, the “facts and figures” or “research” or “data.”

02We aren’t arguing positions about vaccines.

03We aren’t debating or discussing “(mis)information.” (But you do get some tips and scripts to help you address falsehoods and misinformation that you encounter.)

In case we’ve never met…

I’m a psychologist, teacher, and consultant who specializes in transformative education for human healing and growth, helping people embrace differences while staying grounded in their fundamental unity.

My approach synthesizes mind-body medicine, somatic experiencing, diversity and inclusiveness, nonviolent communication, and integral-relational-cultural psychology, bringing what has been divided and fragmented into wholeness and harmony.

Learn more about me here.

Start the course now. 


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If you are experiencing financial hardship, a scholarship or sliding scale fee may be available for you. Please email me, and I will do my best to make this workshop as accessible for you as possible.

If you are experiencing financial abundance and want to sponsor someone who might not otherwise be able to attend this course, please let me know, and I will gladly pass on your additional contribution to someone who needs it.