Rochester Community and Technical College
Bridging the Political Divide: Conversation Skills
#: CBEP   ID: 9154   Section: 022020  
In our current polarized political environment, many people avoid or even dread political conversations with friends or family members whose politics differ from their own. They worry, rightly so, that any attempts at political discussions will devolve into arguments and acrimony, and result in hurt feelings or anger.

In this interactive Better Angels workshop you will learn skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship. Anyone interested in having better conversations with people on the other side of the political aisle will benefit from this workshop. Goals include: To learn about the perspectives, feelings, and experiences of someone who differs from you politically; To have a sense of satisfaction about how you conveyed your own perspective, feelings, and experiences; and To discover some common ground, if it’s there any.  After a brief introduction and a discussion about what can go wrong in political discussions, participants in a skills workshop can expect to learn the following: Tone setting skills; Listening skills; Speaking skills; and Handling difficult moments.

You will practice conversation skills in a pair with someone of your same political persuasion—red or blue. “Reds” lean conservative/libertarian and tend to vote Republican. “Blues” lean liberal/progressive and tend to vote Democratic. If you fall somewhere in the middle, you can choose a side for purposes of practicing the skills. 

Bag lunch is included if your registration is received by Feb. 13.

Facilitated by Better Angels
Bring to Class:
RCTC Heintz Center
1926 Collegeview Road SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Room, H1415
Varied Schedule
10:00 AM
Registration Cutoff Date:
Dates & Times:
02/20/2020   10:00AM - 11:30AM
02/20/2020   12:00PM - 1:30PM