Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook

A Practical Guide for Individual, Group, or Classroom Study

By Lucy Leu

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The complementary workbook to Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, which has sold more than 1,000,000 copies Learning the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process has often been equated with learning a whole new way of thinking and speaking. The NVC Companion Workbook helps you easily put these powerful, effective skills into practice with chapter-by-chapter study of Marshall Rosenberg’s cornerstone text, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. Find a wealth of activities, exercises, and facilitator suggestions to refine and practice this powerful way of communicating. Join the hundreds of thousands worldwide who have improved their relationships and their lives with this simple yet revolutionary process. Included in the new edition is a complete chapter on conflict resolution and mediation.


Cover endorsement:

“The NVC Companion Workbook draws out essential NVC elements in a way that is fun and makes learning the material much easier.”
—JEFF CARL, author of Relationship Intelligence

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Praise for the NVC Companion Workbook:

“It amazes me how much we actually covered in class time using the NVC Companion Workbook. We went over real-life situations and followed various exercises that promoted understanding the content more fully. Practicing with this workbook was the key for my success in understanding and using NVC!”
—Kirsten Ingram, finance and administration officer, Children’s Commission Province of British Columbia, Canada

“I was recently contracted by the BC government to facilitate NVC practice sessions for three different groups of government staff. I feel immense gratitude for the NVC Companion Workbook and the support it provided me in sharing the Nonviolent Communication process during the fourteen sessions I offered each group. Clear, concise, fun, and supportive, the workbook exercises and reading reviews provide tremendous tools to integrate NVC into everyday life, at work, at home, and at play.”
—Penny Wassman, certified NVC trainer, Victoria, BC, Canada

“The NVC Companion Workbook draws out the essential NVC elements in a way that is fun to practice and makes learning the material much easier.”
—Jeff Carl, author of Relationship Intelligence: Select and Nurture Healthy Relationships

“The NVC Companion Workbook provides a comprehensive, turnkey program for people of any experience level to lead a group in practicing Nonviolent Communication. As the perfect companion to Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, the workbook provides universally applicable activities to reinforce your learning.”
—Stuart Watson, facilitator and mediator, Portland, OR, USA

“I have used this workbook now in two prison facilities. It has been a wonderful tool for men and women who are committed to gaining useful life skills in some of the toughest of environments.”
—Karen M Campbell, workforce/lifeskills coordinator, Coffee Creek Corrections Facility, Salem, OR, USA

“My therapist colleagues and I are very happy how the structure of the Workbook enhances learning in our weekly practice group. More importantly, we’re grateful for the thought-provoking questions that have increased our self-knowledge and enhanced our consciousness of compassion and nonjudgment. I highly recommend it!”
—Myra Walden, Lifelink Corp., Bensenville, IL, USA

“I have seen this workbook used by people around the country to build community, and practice the NVC process on their own—especially in places where there are no NVC trainers yet. Both new and experienced groups benefit from using this practice guide. I consider this workbook to be one of the most important resources we have to help people build their NVC practice and empower their lives.”
—Miki Kashtan, certified NVC trainer, CNVC Social Change Project Coordinator, Berkeley, CA, USA

“I am grateful for the healing I witnessed in myself and others as we went through the workbook activities. The NVC Companion Workbook met our group’s needs for creativity, learning, and support with its structure and concrete practice tools. Our practice group parted with heartfelt connections, and with joy and optimism for peace in ourselves and peace in our world.”
—C., USA

“Living in a place where there are few opportunities to participate in workshops or attend lectures, the NVC Companion Workbook provided an exciting opportunity to learn NVC right here in my own backyard. I’ve used the Workbook for two entirely different practice groups and strengthened my learning each time. With her complete instructions, I was able to structure a practice group comfortably and learn so much about connection and compassion. This is a great tool for beginners and also for those who want to deepen their understanding.”
—C.A., Kona, Hawaii, USA

“Working weekly with three different practice groups, it’s been my experience that members with their own copy of the NVC Companion Workbook progress to ‘living’ the practice of NVC faster than those who don’t. Lucy Leu’s workbook promotes practice, lively discussion, and a deepening of NVC consciousness. My only wish would be to see it available in all bookstores, right next to Marshall Rosenberg’s book.”
—M.F., Victoria, BC, Canada

“In my opinion this Workbook is a very valuable resource for people who are self-directed learners and wish to continue their study of NVC. I will be recommending it to my 220 students. I have also included Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life as recommended reading for communication students.”
—C.C.M., USA

“The NVC Companion Workbook allows people—without even a smattering of knowledge about NVC—to effectively learn and practice the process. I would not be facilitating study groups if it were not for this workbook. It contains questions to check reading comprehension, group exercise options that can be used or modified as the study group facilitator sees fit, and essential tools like the feelings and needs lists to build your emotional vocabulary. Would I recommend it? You bet . . . highly!”
—T.M., Portland, Oregon, USA

“THANK YOU again, Lucy, for writing this workbook—it really makes my life more wonderful!!!”
—K.B., Denmark

“My two practice groups have found your NVC Companion Workbook to be so useful! The questions you posed in your Taking Time section is my favorite part—I’ve mounted the questions on large flashcards, which we keep available during our practice sessions. When I think of the time Lucy took to develop the exercises and thought-provoking questions, and to integrate all this with each part of Marshall’s book, I’m awed and so very grateful. The manual helps me get even more depth, understanding, and proficiency in the NVC approach, which is creating such profound transformation in how I experience and participate in life.”
—L.R., Bellevue, WA, USA

“Although the basic model of NVC is quite simple, the practice and understanding of connecting at the heart seems to be a continual learning process. We especially appreciate the opportunity to become aware of our habitual patterns—enabling more conscious choices—each time we participate in the practice of NVC during the fourteen-week course using Lucy Leu’s NVC Companion Workbook.”
—J.M., Albuquerque, NM, USA

“The NVC Companion Workbook has been invaluable to me. As a new practice facilitator, the three sections for each chapter (Individual Assignments, Leader’s Guide, and Sample Responses) offer a helpful balance of homework, opportunities to share from the homework, and opportunities to move on into exercises initiated by the leader. I also appreciate the reminders to launch out the discussion from the group’s responses. With this workbook I’ve moved to deeper connections with those around me.”
—S.M., USA

“I have had the pleasure of using Lucy Leu’s NVC Companion Workbook in group practice sessions since September 2001. I would go home after each practice group I was leading, saying out loud ‘Thank you, Lucy Leu’. I felt happy and confident; my need for support and reassurance was met.”
—K.K., Søndersø, Denmark

NVC Communication Web Resources

Click here for Marshall Rosenberg Communication Articles
Click here for Marshall Rosenberg Communication Videos
Click here for Nonviolent Communication and Communication Articles
Click here for Nonviolent Communication and Communication Videos
There is a wealth of information on Nonviolent Communication – in articles and videos. Of course we endorse all of Marshall’s sharing’s, however, there are many transcripts and videos created by others. Due to limited resources we do not verify the full accuracy of any particular video or articles created by others, even though there is plenty of wonderful and educational information on the web.

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