Skill levels

All the Skills

The term Comba stands for: “Communications Badge,” a distinctive symbol that reflects your Words That Work skill level. Every time you successfully complete a module in either of the two courses (Basic or Advanced), you receive a ComBa.  In total you have the opportunity to earn seven Combas, the last of which culminates with the skill level of NVC Practitioner.

You can then publically share your Combas wherever you want to let others know about your training, i.e email signatures, social media profiles, CVs, etc.

ComBa Discoverer

Comba Discoverer

Module 1 | Creating Awareness

You are able to recognize your own triggers and the triggers of others, and to see them as signs of unmet needs. You have acquired the skills necessary to distinguish between interpretations and observations, and have a better understanding and awareness of yourself and others.

Main features: awareness of blocked connections, use of self-empathy and recognition of your own triggers, empathy for and the understanding of others.

ComBa Explorer

Comba Discoverer

Module 2 | Mastering the Learning Cycle

You are familiar with two common communication pitfalls: interpretations and judgments of others and yourself. You have skills to deal with these challenges, and use them as an opportunity to connect with yourself and with others.

Main features: Understanding and celebrating a sense of progress and by the same token mourning mistakes, keeping the learning cycle steady and strengthening it through daily practice

ComBa Scout

Comba Scout

Module 3 | Building Competence & Confidence

You have the ability to take on, with more confidence, the things you’ve committed to do. You have expanded your skills in such a way that you have the capacity to transform challenging and escalating conflict situations  at home or at your workplace into opportunities for connection.

Main features: recognize and take personal responsibility, increase your overall NVC skills, nurture your willingness to learn and use new skills, create crystal-clear agreements with others.

ComBa Pioneer

Comba Pioneer

Module 4 | Achieving Your Goals

You are now adept at making clear requests. In making these requests, you acknowledge and move past your own frustration to try and get your needs met and reach your goals.  You also know how to support others to ask for what they need, and are gaining some key skills as both a leader and facilitator

Main features: Asking for what you need, recognizing typical patterns of unclear requests, making clear requests, supporting others to clarify their requests.

ComBa Pathfinder

Comba Pathfinder

Module 5 | Recognizing Enemy Images

You are beginning to learn skills to transform enemy images, and deeply explore your own fears, judgments and beliefs. As your enemy images disappear, you start to see the actual person standing in front of you in all of their humanity, and learn to communicate with that person in a way that encourages mutual connection.

Main topics: recognition of enemy images of others, understanding the enemy image process, enemy images at work, dealing with complicated conversations, evaluation of others.

ComBa Guide

Comba Guide

Module 6 | Creating Wellbeing

You have the capacity to organize effective meetings and deal with challenging workplace situations. Your ability to use the processes of Works That Work helps you to act out of a connectedness with and understanding of your needs, thus increasing the likelihood that you get the outcome you hope for, and that your actions contribute positively to the welfare of yourself and others.

Main topics: dealing with humor, tackling challenging prejudices, contributing to effective meetings, dealing with power structures

ComBa Practitioner

Comba Practitioner

Module 7 | Seeing Challenges as Opportunities

By now, you understand the difference between having power over and sharing power with others. You’ve also learned how to rise above your own sense of powerlessness, no matter your position in a relationship, group or society. You use your newly acquired communication skills to transform others’ gossip and criticism into valuable feedback, and help ensure that written and unwritten agreements are honored. You now recognize  conflicts as an opportunity for connection,  and have acquired the skills necessary to be an NVC Practitioner

Main topics: dealing with gossip and complaints, offering feedback without criticism, knowledge of the difference between giving compliments versus evaluating someone, sticking to written and unwritten agreements, answering e-mails with the newly acquired style of communication.

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