From the Director of the Teaching Academy at New Mexico State University:
To Whom It May Concern:
In June 2014, I had the privilege of hosting a two-day Art of Listening workshop that was facilitated by Lisa and Brian Berman. I have hosted other listening workshops but this one was absolutely exceptional.
Although teaching and advising are often associated with talking, they require good listening in equal measure. This is especially true when advising a student or when leading a class discussion, particularly on a controversial subject.
Lisa and Brian helped us embrace conflict as an invitation to explore meaning and to deepen true connection with our students and colleagues. They gave us tools to find compassion and peace within ourselves, then with our community. Lisa and Brian worked with us to help us suspend our judgments as we listen. They also helped us listen without composing what we are going to say next.
Participants raved about the workshop. In their words:
- Wow. Their style in a workshop is an inspiration to my own teaching. Their lessons in self-love and compassionate listening should stay with me as I work through my own troubles and listen to those of others. Thank you.
- Don’t expect the usual—this is a therapeutic departure—daring to be a victim no more—giving the perpetrator a chance to be heard.
- It is one of the best workshops I have ever been to.
- If you’re open, it could be cathartic and life-changing.
- It’s life changing.
- Best workshop that the Teaching Academy offers
- I will be compassionate with myself and others. I will listen with an open heart, checking for facts, feelings and values.
- I agree with the assessments of the participants. Of the dozen or so workshops that I have heard every year for the past ten years, this is among the very, very best for teachers.
On our mid-sized campus, the workshop attracted 33 faculty, staff and graduate students. Participants rated the workshop a 6.9 out of 7 possible points.
I highly commend this workshop to you without reservation.
Feel free to contact me with questions at [email protected].
Tara Gray, Ph.D.