Do you experience unresolved conflicts in your relationships?
Have you ever postponed difficult conversations because it seemed easier to avoid them than to dive in?
Would you like to step out of a space of fear and into one where you are empowered and resilient in all your relationships?
This course offers you tools for being able to build connection in the face of adversity and interpersonal strain, and dives into a deeper understanding of how we can— as individuals— contribute to building a stronger culture of compassion and consent in our communities.
With this class you will be able to:
- Create both a safe space and a brave space for yourself.
- Identify the fears that are holding you back from difficult conversations.
- Get in touch with the motivation to have courageous conversations.
- Recognise your body’s ‘red alert’ system that sabotages your ability to be present in challenging situations.
- Model and encourage others to have courageous conversations.
- Express your needs and boundaries with confidence.
Why You Need This
Chances are, you’ve probably experienced at least one time in your life where you’ve swallowed your words because you didn’t want to get into a conversation that might have friction, be difficult, or potentially lead to a disappointing outcome— for either you, or the other person.
Do you remember what that felt like?
Maybe you felt relieved. Perhaps you felt frustrated.
Did how you feel change a few weeks down the road?
There’s some conversations that are important to have. It’s important for our relationships with others, and it might be important for them, but the person who it is most important for is you.
All the things we let slide— our desires, our boundaries, the things we want and the things that irk us— they don’t go away when we don’t talk about them. We swallow our words, and our truth, and they eventually start to bubble up inside. You might notice them explode out suddenly one day, maybe in anger, or in pain. And when that happens, you might unintentionally hurt someone you care about.
That’s why I’ve created this course. Because I believe in a world where we can connect without fear or shame, and where we can have the difficult conversations and actually grow closer and more connected by having them.
What You’ll Get
- Three online lessons, with video to follow along, and course worksheets, plus a BONUS lesson!
- My easy-to-remember, 8 step formula for having a Courageous Conversation.
- An introduction to what a Courageous Conversation is, and why we’re often afraid of them.
- Exercises for self-reflection and understanding.
- Practice examples of beginner and intermediate Courageous Conversations to try out at home.
I’m also including a Bonus Lesson that examines what to do if someone is avoiding a difficult conversation with you, and also explores how to be on the receiving end of a Courageous Conversation.
Sometimes, an e-course isn’t enough. That’s why I’m including the option to add a personal 1-hr coaching session to the course, at a heavily discounted rate.
That means you and me, sitting down for an hour (via Skype, Zoom, or phone) to explore deeper into the courageous conversations that you want to have with the people in your life!
Lesson 1: Embracing The Clunkiness!
Safe Space, Brave Space, and Why They Matter.
Why We Avoid Them.
The 8 steps of a Courageous Conversation
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have access to the course?
Forever! Once you’ve enrolled and paid, you’ll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It’s your choice!
What if I’m unhappy with the course?
Well, I would be sad. But if you’re really unhappy with the course, just email me within 10 days to get a full refund.
I still have a question, how can I contact you?
I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who Am I?
My journey to learning about Courageous Conversations was not a smooth or easy one!
There was a time when I thought I was good about expressing my needs and my boundaries.
Then, one day, I realised I actually sucked at it. What I was good at was avoiding any conversation that might be upsetting— and then shouting when my unspoken boundaries weren’t respected, and sulking loudly when my needs weren’t met.
And, not surprisingly, that wasn’t great for my relationships.
So I decided to learn better ways of communicating. I’ve been lucky to work with some amazing teachers along the way!
A decade later, working with my coaching clients, I started to see that I’m not the only person who has struggled with this. So, I began to develop this as a short workshop, one that’s now been offered at conferences, festivals, intentional dance events, colleges, and for private groups. I’m very excited to be offering this course online, so anyone anywhere can access these tools!
About The Course Creator
With two decades of experience teaching and facilitating in groups small and large, Mel Cassidy has a reputation for innovation, novelty, and being able to guide others to think— and live— outside the box
The grandchild of refugees, Mel has lived on three continents. She has professional experience in theater, education, special needs, management, holistic wellness, psychology, counselling, meditation, and yoga— all of which she applies within her coaching and mentoring. She holds a certification in Counselling for Intimacy and Relationships from VCCT, is trained in Cascadia Holistic Peer Counselling, and is an experienced ZEGG Forum facilitator.
Taking a trauma-informed approach, Mel helps individuals discover new dimensions of their relationships to themselves, and the people in their lives.
Mel is queer, loves cats, and lives on the traditional and unceded Coast Salish territories of K’ómoks in British Columbia, Canada.