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E-Prime (short for English-Prime, sometimes denoted É or E′) is a prescriptive version of the English language that excludes all forms of the verb to be. E-Prime does not allow the conjugations of to be—be, am, is, are, was, were, been, being— the archaic forms of to be (e.g. art, wast, wert), . . . Read more


In interpersonal communication, an I-message or I-statement is an assertion about the feelings, beliefs, values etc. of the person speaking, generally expressed as a sentence beginning with the word “I”, and is contrasted with a “you-message” or “you-statement”, which often begins with the word “you” and focuses on the person . . . Read more

NonViolent Communication

Nonviolent Communication (abbreviated NVC, also called Compassionate Communication or Collaborative Communication) is a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s. NVC often functions as a conflict resolution process. It focuses on three aspects of communication: self-empathy (defined as a deep and compassionate awareness of one’s own inner . . . Read more

Powerful transformative questions

In Art of Hosting, developing powerful questions is a crucial element to creating the conversational space we are seeking. Sometimes a question can change our lives by creating the conditions to alter our worldview. Kathy Jourdain, Art of Hosting practitioner says  there are three dimensions to questions to pay attention to: scope . . . Read more

Yes, and…

Simple technique for discussion, Used a lot in improv, Instead of saying “yes but…” say “yes and…” This creates a different dynamic in the conversation. Brings a more positive attitude, Brings ideas to the conversation, Makes improvements, solves problems, vs creating new problems “Yes, and…” makes me stop and think . . . Read more