Reminder: League of Women Voters sponsoring free ‘Communications Skills for Bridging the Political Divide ‘ workshops

There’s a lot of stress these days among family members and friends who are divided politically, and the current polarized public conversation doesn’t help. The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County is hosting a free online workshop — Communication Skills for Bridging the Political Divide — facilitated by the Braver Angels Alliance of Seattle-Everett.

Participants have their choice of dates:

Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 6:30-8:30pm

Thursday, Aug. 27 from 6:30-8:30pm

To register go to eventbrite

According to a league announcement, the goal of this workshop is “to help you become better equipped to navigate difficult discussions with empathy and openness and avoid condemnation and contempt. You will learn tools and tips for listening, speaking and handling difficult moments, and then practice putting these skills to use in real time.”

Attendees are asked to first do some preparation prior to the workshop date. Listen to a self-guided online skills training describing and demonstrating the skills you will learn. During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to practice listening and speaking with a partner while being guided in the use of these skills. You will practice in a pair with someone of your same political persuasion — red or blue. “Reds” lean conservative and tend to vote Republican. “Blues” lean liberal and tend to vote Democratic. If you fall somewhere in the middle, you can choose a side for the purposes of practicing these skills.

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