Someone at work finishes speaking. She’s looking at you for a response, and you realize you didn’t hear a word she said because your mind was elsewhere?
A customer or colleague says something that makes you angry. You either say something inappropriate or unproductive, and then you carry that anger around with you for the rest of the day—or longer.
Distraction and reactivity are natural human tendencies that can decrease work performance while also contributing to health problems related to stress and anxiety. Neuroscientists estimate that our mind wanders roughly 50% of the time. This tendency can diminish our ability to focus on a task, listen attentively during meetings, or work collaboratively with others. Developing the ability to notice our mind wandering can help us bring our attention back to the moment more quickly. It can also help us become increasingly aware of where our mind goes when it wanders, noticing the judgments we make about ourselves or others, the assumptions that guide our behavior, or the habitual patterns of thought that determine--and limit--what we notice and how we react to events. This time-tested Communicating Mindfully training combines the development of mindfulness with the study of communication theory to increase participants’ emotional intelligence, increasing their ability to focus and decreasing reactivity.
Dates: Feb 24, March 10 and 24 & April 7, 6:00 – 8:00 pm