Forum: Communication Styles: It’s Your Choice! (Anne Bers)

Consider how much time you spend each week talking on the phone, sending emails, attending meetings or appointments and interacting with friends, colleagues, family members or the person who rings up your groceries — in other words, communicating with others.
Do you find yourself involved in frequent disagreements?  Do interactions with others often feel one-sided or incomplete?  Do you wish people understood you better?

Turns out, it’s all about choice.  Having a variety of communication styles at our fingertips can enhance our relationships, help us feel understood and get us what we want or need. If we could pick and choose when to collaborate, when to compete, and when to avoid, we would be better equipped to navigate the various situations of life.  The key is to actively choose how we want to respond, instead of letting any one approach rule our lives.

In this lively, interactive workshop, you’ll:

  • Learn about different communication styles
  • Identify your preferred style and the styles of others
  • Practice applying different styles in common situations

Best of all, you’ll expand your communication choices so you can get through each interaction, activity and project in a more satisfying and effective way.

Anne Bers is the Director of Mediation and Facilitation Services at the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, in San Mateo. She has worked as a professional communicator and consultant to government agencies, corporations and small businesses, and holds a Bachelor’s in English from the State University of New York and a Master’s in Technical Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

After the Forum, please join us for a buffet lunch at 12:15pm.  The lunch is complimentary for first-time visitors and students.


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  • Laura M.

    Interesting to consider the options she presented as well as see how game theory comes into play in how we decide which option to express.

    July 15, 2013

  • Arthur J.

    Fantastic program. Good attendance.

    July 14, 2013

  • Helen A.

    I just adopted a cat on Saturday, and think I need to spend time getting her acclimated. Watching the vimeo in a few weeks is not the same as participating, of course, but I plan to watch it, since I'm not attending after all.

    July 14, 2013

  • Helen A.

    I know that the interactive workshop means that I might miss something if I have to leave early, but there's something going on at the Cantor Center that I want to check out. Hope to stay about 45 min. for Anne Bers' program.

    July 8, 2013

  • Andrea D.

    This sounds interesting and useful.

    July 8, 2013

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