Guest Speaker: April 13, 2017
Silence, an absence of sound or a stillness of the mind, can enhance any relationship when used with positive intent. It can be inviting or punishing, depending on the motive. We use silence with God and others to show displeasure or as a way to increase connection. Each is a choice with consequences.
In Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know I am God,” God advocates a way to seek him. Silence allows God or others to speak. Learning to actively listen, increases our ability to see what is beyond us. God uses our silence to show us new ways of relating with him and those around us. There is beauty in silence.
Julie Chapman will speak on the beauty of silence. Using silence as a tool to help people feel heard allows the listener to comprehend more of the message. Julie specializes in interpersonal communication that improves personal and business relationships. As Charleston’s Chapter Leader of a national nonprofit, Our Community Listens, she challenges participants to rethink their daily interactions. She has written a column for the Moultrie News, Charleston Listens where she has introduced many of the skills that are covered in the communication skills training class.
Silence is an important part of reflective listening. Some of us are comfortable with the quiet though most of us believe that silence is an opportunity to talk. Using silence can take our conversation to a deeper level of understanding. Julie will bring new perspective and illustrate ways to listen well.
Over five hundred people from the Lowcountry have benefited from these skills. The North Charleston Fire and Police department have authorized the attendance of their people, Charleston County School District allows teachers to use the class for twenty-four hours of professional development credits and many Charleston businesses are giving their people time off to attend. Charleston’s alumni or Messengers, are counselors, priests, business leaders, nurses, teachers, public servants, real estate agents, retirees, and government employees. Consistently, the alumni say that the class is life changing, a game changer, or a way of connecting on a new level. These Messengers are dedicated to creating a listening movement, one conversation at a time.
Our Community Listens offers a free three-day community class, which cover five modules: communication profile, nonverbal communication, reflective listening, effective confrontation, and how to transition back for maximum change. The class is enlightening, engaging, and challenging. It provides the tools necessary to effectively communicate in our world today.
Email Charleston@ourcommunitylistens.org for more information, visit the national website,
www.OurCommunityListens.org to sign up for a class or Charleston’s alumni website,
www.charlestonlistens.com to learn about the Messengers.
Julie Chapman has two diverse undergraduate degrees. She studied International Studies with a minor in History and French at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She graduated from St. Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She worked for many years as a Home IV therapy nurse. She left nursing, electing to be a stay at home mom while her kids were young. As they enter middle and high school, she has reconnected with her love of writing. She writes a monthly column for a local newspaper in Charleston, SC and is working on a children’s travel book series with her oldest son. Her family shares her passion for travel. Through the difficult times in her life, she has gained unique perspectives and loves to use her hard earned wisdom to encourage others. Her ability to connect makes her an effective professor. She is enthusiastic about CST and works hard to be a practicing professor; living what she teaches.