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The Courageous Communicator

9.5

(12 ratings)

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2 Weeks

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Cohort-based Course

How to speak up about anything, at work and beyond.

Hosted by

Jenna Buffaloe, J.D., M.A.

Harvard-trained lawyer, 18 years experience as Leadership Coach.

This course is popular

6 people enrolled last week.

Course overview

Suffer less. Have better relationships. Get more done.

These are all the things that are possible when you learn to have hard conversations that are both honest (from your perspective) and also genuinely caring of the person you are speaking to. Relying on the Lao Tzu principal that, “The best way to do is to be," the first half of the workshop focuses on shifting essential mindsets before mapping out the speaking and listening required for better conversations, better relationships, and better results at work and beyond. The end-result is a step-by-step system for how to untangle one’s thinking, speak up, and listen to understand.

Who this course is for

01

Anyone who wants to suffer less and feel more freedom around difficult situations and conversations

02

Anyone who finds themselves ruminating or worrying about things they are thinking but don't know how to say

03

Anyone who has no problem speaking their mind, but often gets feedback that they can be too blunt or even harsh

What you’ll get out of this course

A step-by-step framework for how to untangle your thinking, speak up about anything, and listen to understand


Confidence to speak up about anything important in a way that’s clear, sincere, caring, and aligned with your values.


Stronger relationships and healthier team/organizational cultures


Increased individual awareness, productivity, happiness and wellbeing.


9.5

(12 ratings)

What people are saying

        If you (or anyone you know!) want to learn how to have a hard conversation, I highly recommend Jenna Buffaloe's Courageous Communicator workshop. She is a giant of truth and kindness, and her classes are transformative.
Lauren Workman

Lauren Workman

Revenue Operations, OpenAI
        Almost everyone has important things on their mind that feel overwhelming, confusing, and tangled up in a messy mix of thoughts, feelings, and assumptions. If you're looking to learn skills that will allow you to untangle these thoughts, help you gain clarity, and provide you with a framework for speaking up, then I highly recommend this class.
Jami Zakem

Jami Zakem

Executive Coach, former Customer Success executive, Eventbrite & Yelp
        A brilliant mind with a kind heart, Jenna is one of the best coaches I know.
Fred Kofman

Fred Kofman

Author of Conscious Business: Building Value through Values
        This was my second time going through this course and still I felt like I came out of it a better communicator than before. Part of Jenna's magic is that she helps people step outside their own perspective and engage in difficult conversations with curiosity and empathy. I can't recommend this course enough!
Brittany Storey

Brittany Storey

Executive Coach, former Learning & Development, Stripe
        Jenna has been a cultural beacon for us at Headspace. Every single person here attends her course, and it’s been a game changer for us. I couldn’t think of a better person to partner with when it comes to the human side of creating high performing cultures."
Rich Pearson

Rich Pearson

Founder and Former CEO, Headspace
        Jenna is one of the most intelligent and powerful facilitators I know. The content is meaningful, gets the tough stuff on the table, and creates a collective sigh of relief as people realize they can be totally honest and totally kind at the same time. To align one’s values with one’s words is priceless.
Durand Duin

Durand Duin

Former Head of Employee Experience, Stripe
        "Jenna's class is one of the most impactful trainings I have been to and has helped me tremendously both personally and professionally. Her phrase "I want to suffer less" is something I think about (and try to live by) often." 
Danielle Merida  

Danielle Merida  

General Counsel & Head of People, Shef
        Those who know me know that I've not always been an enthusiastic advocate of workplace training. However, there was one course I took that absolutely won me over. If your company offers an educational stipend, you could not spend it better than on this. It might just change the trajectory of your career. It did mine.
William Fowler

William Fowler

Creative Director, Customer Journeys, Apple
        Jenna was recommended to me by a number of HR professionals I highly respect and I was not disappointed. The program she facilitated helped us have very direct and often uncomfortable conversations in a way that promoted respect and positive intent. Jenna’s unique facilitation style balanced warmth and vulnerability with real grit and directness.
Helen Russell

Helen Russell

Chief People Officer, Rivian
        I took a version of this course almost 10 years ago and I never stopped thinking about it. It was the first time I truly saw what could become available to people, company cultures, and organizations if conscious communication was intentionally practiced in the workplace. For those of you who value freedom and authenticity, I highly recommend!
Sheena Vega

Sheena Vega

Product Marketing Director, Olivine | Formerly Salesforce
        So much of successful therapy comes down to communication. Asking yourself, “What is my truth? How can I communicate that in a way that the other person can hear?” Learning to speak up about your needs, set boundaries, and also be curious about what it’s like to be the other person is a game changer. I'm recommending this class to all my clients.
Katie Heitzler

Katie Heitzler

Licensed Professional Counselor

Meet your instructor

Jenna Buffaloe, J.D., M.A.

Jenna Buffaloe, J.D., M.A.

Speaker, Workshop Leader and Executive Coach



I began my career as a lawyer and later went back to school to study Jungian psychology. In 2005, I entered the field of executive coaching and leadership development.


My passion is teaching people how to have hard conversations in ways that make relationships stronger. I believe this is the foundation for organizational success as well as individual thriving. My mission is to change the belief that this should be obvious or intuitive. The bad news is that it usually isn't. The good news is that - like math or coding skills or anything else - it can be taught. And learning this skill is often a game changer, both personally and professionally.


I've worked with many clients in the U.S. and internationally, including LinkedIn, Stripe, Google, Headspace, and OpenAI. I have a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University, a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.


If you want to read more, you can find the Unofficial Bio here: https://www.jennabuffaloe.com/about/

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The Courageous Communicator

Cohort 2

$590 USD

Dates

Oct 9—18, 2023

Payment Deadline

Oct 9, 2023

Course syllabus

01

Come Back to Center First

Noticing when you're in a reactive state and committing to doing nothing until you have come back to center. That thing you feel compelled to do? Don’t do that thing!

02

Find Your Deeper Truth

Reflecting deeply on how you feel and what you really care about. 

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Remember You Are Powerful

Shifting the focus from outer circumstances to what you want and what you can do about it. Turning all complaints into requests.

04

Be More Curious

Rigorously separating facts from inferences. Becoming more curious about how others legitimately see things differently.

05

Make it Meaningful

Turning meaningless stuffing into a meaningful trial or initiation by making every challenging conversation a chance to demonstrate who you are at your best.

06

Speak Up

Facts, feelings, opinion, deeper truth, suggestion. Expressing yourself with honesty and care, both.

07

Listen to Understand

Silence, inquire, summarize, validate, pause. Listening to understand, not to convince.

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Bombproof Commitments

Developing obsessive clarity around who is going to do what by when. Managing breakdowns with integrity.

Course schedule

6 - 8 hours over 2 weeks
  • October 10, 11, 17 ,18

    10:00am - 11:30pm PST

    Main Sessions

  • October 9

    10:00am - 11:00am PST

    Optional Meet & Greet

  • October 12

    10:00am - 11:00am PST

    Optional Q&A

  • December 7

    10am - 11am PST

    Optional 6 wk follow up

  • Pre-work and homework

    30 minutes/wk


Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

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Join an upcoming cohort

The Courageous Communicator

Cohort 2

$590 USD

Dates

Oct 9—18, 2023

Payment Deadline

Oct 9, 2023

$590 USD

9.5

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2 Weeks