It’s one of my all time favorite topics.
Listening! The most powerful step in communication and often the most neglected. I had the delight of speaking with Senior facilitator for the Compassionate Listening Project – Susan Partnow.
She shared wisdom and insights about compassionate listening. It was a conversation full of love and insights and I welcome you to listen in here to the very latest episode of the Blossom Your Awesome Podcast – Episode #9 – Compassionate Listening With Susan Partnow.
Susan Partnow has been supporting individuals, families and organizations to transform their conflicts for over thirty years. She has been certified as a mediator by the Snohomish Dispute Resolution Center since the 1990’s. She has also studied and now teaches Restorative Circle and Peacekeeping Circle practices. She is a Sr. Facilitator for The Compassionate Listening Project and is a co-creator of their core practices and advanced trainings. Susan served as a Sr. Organizational Development Consultant for Swedish/Providence for eight years, providing team building, strategic planning, change initiatives, coaching, mediation and facilitation to leaders across the system. Prior to working with Swedish/Providence, Susan led Partnow Communications for over 25 years as a consultant specializing in team building, mediation, leadership development, and conflict management with public sector, private and non-profit organizations and individuals throughout Puget Sound. Before that Susan was a certified speech pathologist working in hospital, clinic and home health settings.
Susan has an M.A. in Communication Disorders from Northwestern University. She is a member of various professional groups, including the national Organizational Development Network and American Society of Training and Development. She is co-founder of Conversation Cafes, Seattle Restorative Justice and Global Citizen Journey and former Board member of NCDD (National Coalition on Dialogue & Deliberation.) Susan is author of Everyday Speaking for All Occasions (Doubleday books) and co-contributor of The Art of Compassionate Listening.
Susan is especially drawn to bringing challenged individuals and groups together to release the energy locked in conflict to foster its transformation into creative new beginnings and deepened relations.
For more on Susan Partnow check out her site.