Join Sharon Steed for an in-depth discussion in this video Sharon's path to empathy, part of Communicating with Empathy.
- I'd like to take a moment to tell you a bit more about my own personal journey towards communicating with empathy. As you can probably tell, I stutter, and stuttering has truly informed the way I approach everyday conversations for as long as I can remember. I truly did spend a very long time being pretty terrified to talk to people, so when I finally decided to face this enormous fear of verbal communication, I chose to do it in the biggest way possible, by pursuing public speaking.
In the beginning, I spoke about my experiences as a person who stutters, and then I started speaking about branding, because that's the field I was in at the time. But, time and time again, after every single talk I gave, people consistently commented on how valuable my message of empathy was, which, I'm not talking about empathy, I'm just telling my story and discussing my job.
Well, I finally took the hint, and decided that it was time to figure this whole empathy thing out. The more research I did, the more I realized that empathy truly is the cornerstone of positive and effective communication. Everything that I've believed about myself because of stuttering, like that I wasn't articulate, or that I was a terrible communicator, just simply was not true, and I had empathy to thank for those realizations.
Then, I began to think about how I could translate this beautiful message to empathy to the masses, and that's truly where my career as an empathy consultant began. Now, I spend my time helping people and teens to better communicate with each other through being more empathetic.
- What is empathy?
- How to be empathetic at work
- Practicing positive communication
- Identifying communication styles
- Approaching difficult conversations
- Practicing empathy in groups
- Fostering collaboration
- Encouraging coworkers