I’ve been in many conversations with people since Election Day who are not looking forward to holiday conversations with family members. Most of these are furious, saddened, and/or confused about specific family members’ support of Trump. Some don’t feel like they know their family members as well as they did, some want to honestly delve deeper to understand, and others feel personally offended they family members could vote for a man who assaulted women.
So, how can we have these conversations so that listening and civility can be present? How can we be sure to be heard – and hear others – during the holiday season?
I put up an 8-session Fix Bad Listening course that I offer for free to anyone who might find it helpful. The first seven sessions (short videos with handouts) are about personal listening skills and habits. But, the last session explains The Listening Café process, which might be a tool you can introduce/propose at some point over the holidays.