Nationally known keynote speaker and presenter Sharon Ellison is dedicated to the belief that learning to communicate with non-defensive power is a crucial key to our capacity for solving the majority of problems we face. She has developed a way of looking at communication that draws a parallel with the war model: we attack, withdraw, and strategize to protect ourselves and gain the upper hand. Ellison’s techniques teach participants to ask questions, make statements, and form predictions that get to the heart of the matter, help in understanding and respecting another’s point of view, and communicate one’s own point of view clearly.
Ellison will be sharing her insights and methods in two workshops to be held in Westminster, Maryland, which can be attended in person or viewed by webcast:
“Taking the War Out of Our Words”
How to use words to reflect a belief in peace
Saturday, November 10, 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Carroll Community College
0.6 Continuing Education Credits available
"Taking Power Struggles Out of Parenting"
Communicate honestly with children without getting defensive
Sunday, November 11, 2:00-4:00 pm
Westminster Church of the Brethren
Bethany will be webcasting both events, which are cosponsored by Bethany, the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, and the Mid-Atlantic District. Webcast viewers will be sent login information after registering. Details on the seminars and registration information are available by clicking the links below:
Taking the War Out of Our Words 
Taking Power Struggles Out of Parenting 
Founder and executive director of the Institute for Powerful Non-Defensive Communication, Ellison is a pioneer in the development of methods for eliminating defensiveness and was a nominee for the Leadership for a Changing World Award, sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Advocacy Institute.