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Active Listening as a Core Allyship Skill

Date: 11/10/2020

Time: 5:30pm
Where: LMHQ, Virtual,

We’ve all seen and heard the countless affirmations that allies are listening and learning. But what does that really mean, and are any of us doing it right?
In this course, Jen Jamula and Allison Goldberg of GoldJam Creative reviewed key skills such as acknowledging emotions and experiences, deferring judgment and defensiveness, and asking open-ended questions to learn more in necessary conversations. While this may seem simple, in the moment many of us tend towards jumping to conclusions, playing devil’s advocate, or attempting to make people feel better by explaining why something isn’t as bad as they think. These actions can even be well intentioned, but intention isn’t the same as impact. This course also looked at how to use these skills to engage, for instance, “All Lives Matter” viewpoints, as allyship means taking on this work.
About Our Workshop Leader
This workshop is led by Jen Jamula, co-founder of GoldJam Creative, an organization dedicated to exploring the influence of the Information Age on communication, and to bringing comedy and creativity to the workplace. GoldJam leads communication skills workshops for companies, co-working spaces, incubators and student groups as varied as Buzzfeed, Time Warner, Spotify, NBCU, DreamIt Ventures, Barnard, The Girl Scouts of NY, Penguin Random House, American Express and more. They coach companies on public speaking, pitching, giving and receiving feedback, unconscious bias and inclusion, effective communication, and more. Co-founders Allison Goldberg and Jen Jamula are also comedians, and were recently featured on the cover of Time Out New York, which ranked them among “the 10 funniest women in NYC”. Their comedy projects have been featured in WIRED, Forbes, Newsweek, Vice, among others. 


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