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DEMONSTRATING COMMUNICATION SKILLS

 

We have received questions about demonstrating communication skills, as more instructors desire to provide live, immediate demonstrations. In fact, an essential part of teaching a skilled-based program, such as COUPLE COMMUNICATION involves doing demonstrations. The demonstrations provide models of the talking and listening skills, plus the conflict resolving process you want participants to acquire.

The demonstrations take on added importance with use of skills mats as tools to learn the systems. While practicing with the mats is actually simple in concept, experience shows that omitting a demonstration before doing an exercise that involves the mats generates unnecessary confusion.

Unless you have a teaching partner, in nearly all the skill or process demonstrations, you will need a participant (or couple) from the group to work with you. (The exception occurs when you demonstrate Self-Talk.)

Consider the suggestions below to be good at demonstrating:

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