Thinking people think differently from one another. In any healthy group, opinions vary, needs differ, and people try to change others’ minds.

The question isn’t whether your people try to get what they need from others, but how they go about it. The best approach is not a lukewarm compromise between stubbornness and surrender, but rather a paradigm shift. The most effective persuasion and communication techniques are also compatible with high values and ethical standards.

Using consensus-building skills, people meet more of their individual and collective needs so that the entire group thrives. They not only reach agreement, but craft optimized game plans. These skills are fun to learn, rewarding to use, and help groups bond and grow. And when you need a little extra help, consider private consulting and facilitative services.

Consensus skills courses can be adapted to many formats and venues, such as leadership training, retreats, adult education series, continuing education, and even fundraisers.

And here’s a bonus! After learning these skills, you will find yourself using them for interactions you used to think of as “different animals”:  negotiation, conflict management, team building, and even improving interpersonal relationships–all these endeavors benefit from knowing how to get what you need while building bridges, rather than burning them.

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  • “She is an excellent instructor and I don’t want this class to end.”
  • “I will miss coming to class.”
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