A Gentler Way To Communicate with Marshall Rosenberg

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Most of us have been educated from birth to compete, judge, demand, diagnose and to think and communicate in terms of “right” and “wrong” – all of which can generate needless conflict. Growing up in turbulent Detroit, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg developed an interest in new forms of communication that provided a peaceful alternative to the violence he encountered. His interest led to a doctorate in clinical psychology, where he studied under the renowned psychotherapist, Carl Rogers. His subsequent life experience led him to develop the Nonviolent Communication™ (NVC) process. NVC provides a simple, effective method to get at the root of conflicts, violence, and pain peacefully. “If we don’t value our needs, others may not either; if we express our needs, we have a better chance of getting them met.” In this dialogue Dr. Rosenberg takes his groundbreaking teachings out of the realm of theory and shares how to best use these techniques for peaceful communication to strengthen relationships in everyday life. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Marshall Rosenberg is the founder and educational director of the Center for Nonviolent Communication. He is the author of:

To learn more about the work of Marshall Rosenberg go to www.cnvc.org.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How Nonviolent Communication™ can help you identify the needs behind your actions and thoughts
  • What are the four basic steps of Nonviolent Communication™
  • How can business colleagues strengthen office morale and quickly resolve workplace conflicts
  • What is the difference between sincere gratitude and praise and compliments
  • When can you connect with people’s feelings and needs regardless of how they communicate
  • How can you tell “what’s alive in you?”
  • What can we do to contribute to each other’s well being

Host: Michael Toms         Interview Date:  3/28/2006             Program Number: 3141

Music Included

From Album: Out of Hand
Artist: Billy McLaughlin
1999 Narada Records 72438-47220-2-9

Track 02 Clockshop
Track 07 Flying Dream
Track 09 Soulmates

From Album: What Worlds They Bring
Artist: Danny Heines
2002 Vadadisc #VA1171
Track 04 Six Picture Dream