Bridging the divide

Talk about controversial topics in a way that brings people together:
listen with an open mind, speak with respect, and find your common humanity.


Would you love to have more dialogues with people who you think are wrong - and maybe even change their mind?
Are you wondering how to navigate the next election and the holidays - without constantly arguing or biting your tongue?
Do you want to stand up for what's important to you - without losing your friends, your family, or your job?

Full disclosure: It's challenging to talk about things that matter when emotions run high and opinions clash. There is no quick and easy fix for polarization, divisiveness, and ignorance. And no matter how eloquent and convincing you are, Uncle Oscar may still vote for that other candidate ...

But: You can stay calm, even when someone pushes your buttons. You can make wiser decisions on when to speak up or stay quiet. You can enjoy spending time with your family, friends, and coworkers - even when you don't like their political or religious views. You can disagree respectfully and keep the channels of communication open. At the very least, you can be civil.

Keep your cool, keep it respectful, keep your relationships.

Wouldn't the world be a much better place if more people did that?

Let's do our part, together.

This video workshop is for you if you want to

discuss controversial topics more gracefully - without giving in to anger or sarcasm,
say what you have to say - in a way people can hear you without getting defensive,
make difficult conversations less stressful - for you and the other person,
live in a less polarized and more respectful world, and
help change people's opinions when it matters.

What you'll get:

4+ hours of video instruction, in bite-sized pieces, to watch on your own schedule.
These videos are NOT recordings of a live event. I do not record live sessions, so that participants can feel free to have frank discussions. Content videos are created separately - as stand-alone learning materials or for review after a live workshop.

Key takeaways of each video - for quick reference and easy review.
Practice suggestions to help you integrate and apply what you learned.

Let's bridge the divide together.


What participants have said about previous workshops (names omitted to maintain privacy):

Five stars! All of the content was understandable and related and very relevant. I feel like I got a lot out of it.

Your training was gentle, but super empowering. It made me feel like I can handle this, and the things you suggest are doable.

I was reminded how many avenues there are without being an aggressive bully, a scorned cynic, or a passive pushover.

Course Content:

Part 1 - Managing stress and emotions

1: Start with your body - manufacturing a more useful foundation

What do you do in your body under stress?

2: Calm, relaxed, open, and kind

Replace stress (fight, flight, freeze, collapse) with Centering, Smiling Heart, and Shining.

3: Stable, balanced, alert, and powerful

Establish support, strength, and confidence in your body through Power Sitting.

4: Practice, application, and being "ready"

Give yourself credit for what you did well. Keep going.

5: Feelings

Emotions don't just happen to you - you DO them.

6: Manufacturing more useful feelings

Replace unhelpful emotions with different, incompatible, more useful ones.

Part 2 - Shifting your mindset

7: "More useful" - for what?

Understanding, changing someone's mind, agreeing to disagree ... are these useful goals?

8: Make it safe, motivating, and easy to hang out with you

Focus on keeping the channels of communication open and on cultivating a positive relationship.

9: Check your attitude

Knowing closes.

10: Shift your attitude

Curiosity opens.

11: Manufacturing curiosity

What can you be genuinely interested in?

12: Ripple effects - the power of relationships

Be part of the "pool" of people who can potentially influence each other.

Part 3 - Stepping up

13: The foundation

Calm alertness, compassionate power, genuine curiosity, positive relationships, and safety.

14: What is holding you back?

"Getting over" your fears: Is it enough to be motivated and calm?

15: When a conversation is not going well

Getting out of the way: evading and redirecting.

16: Permission to leave

You don't necessarily have to stay in a conversation and endure, stop, or fix every "bad" thing that is happening.

17: Planning ahead

Be prepared for emergencies.

18: Taking a break

Create "emergency exits" so you can leave the room temporarily if needed.

19: Changing the subject

Open a "safety valve" to release tension.

20: Ending a conversation

Leave, but leave the bridge standing.

Let's bridge the divide together.


Your Instructor

Lisa Fisher

Hello! I'm Lisa Fisher, and I don't like conflict.

As a former corporate attorney and mediator, I have been helping people have tough conversations at work and at home for over 30 years. I teach my clients how to stay calm and focused under stress, defuse tense situations, speak up with confidence, and disagree respectfully. 

I lead Embodied Peacemaking workshops based on the mindbody education system developed by Paul Linden. I am a certified embodiment coach and Yoga teacher (Yin, Vinyasa, Embodied Toolkit), martial artist (Black Belt in Kenpo Karate), Embodied Meditation teacher, practicing Buddhist, and ballroom dancer.

Let's create a more peaceful world together.


Mind-body training for more peaceful relationships.

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