Interpersonal communication consultant Karen Alonge will teach us a few communication skills from Motivational Interviewing -- a collaborative conversation style that helps enhance motivation and commitment to change. You'll come away with several strategies for facilitating productive conversations with your teens about creating positive changes in their own lives. You'll also learn how to minimize your likelihood of triggering resistance and defensiveness.
"Change is exhilarating when done by us, and exasperating when done to us." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter.
"Quite often, when we respectfully invite people to articulate their own reasons and plans for making a change, they will talk themselves into changing." - Karen Alonge
About Karen Alonge: As an interpersonal communication consultant and trainer, Karen's specialty is communication strategies for reducing resistance and defensiveness. She's a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and has trained and coached thousands of Motivational Interviewing learners over the past decade. She designs and delivers customized communication workshops and retreats for professionals in a variety of fields, including conflict resolution, criminal justice, education, health care, and social service agencies, and also provides individual consultations to people who find themselves embroiled in contentious communication situations at home or in the workplace. In her free time, when Karen isn't hiking or falling into internet search rabbit holes, she is writing. She recently published her first book: Just Two Words: Tiny Mantras for a Satisfying Life. Karen's book will be for sale at the event.