• Compassionate Connecting

    Helping professionals communicate to connect

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    FREE Scary Honesty Online Workshop Sat 4/24 @10am Pacific

    Marshall Rosenberg coined the term "scary honesty" for how terrifying it is to express what's true for us. Click here to register

    Click here to join our 10-week series on Conversational Connection



    Starts Wednesday 4/28 @12pm Pacific

    Register for May 15 FREE workshop

    Free Yourself From Reactivity Workshop FREE Online Sat May 15 @10am Pacific

    Click to register to Transform Trigger Bullets into Bouquets!

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    Would you like freedom from reacting to imaginary bullets?

    Join us on this 10-week journey to choicefulness Starting Mon 5/24 @12pm Pacific. Click on pic to register

    Silicon Valley NVC Meetup

    Join our Meetups

    Several practice opportunities available through Silicon Valley NVC. Click image to join.

  • Everyone wins in collaborative organizations

    We guarantee increased communication skills, resulting in higher predictability, innovation and productivity

    cooperation, collaboration and celebration

    How does increased communication result in higher predictability, innovation and productivity?

    • Thriving individuals co-create thriving organizations
    • Easier personal interactions based on mutual respect and understanding create trust and safety
    • Emotional safety encourages authentic conversations that lead to predictability
    • Innovation flows because the best ideas win (not the loudest voices)
    • Problems and resulting solutions surfaced faster through increased communication leading to higher quality
    • Better client relationships, fewer conflicts lead to higher rates of recurring business
    • Attract and retain the best people because they're happier
    cooperation, collaboration and celebration

    Leverage Collaborative Communication

    • Collaborative Communication (aka. Nonviolent Communication, NVC) was created by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD who founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC.org)
    • NVC is an integrated system of interpersonal concepts and skills that fosters high quality relationships, a positive environment, and effective communication
    • NVC is used throughout the world to mediate conflict, transform organizations, and inspire new levels of dialogue and connection
    • NVC supports organically co-creating a compassionate-collaborative culture
    Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC)


    James Prieto is certified as an "NVC Trainer" by the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) providing consulting services for individuals and organizations focused on collaborative communication and compassionate leadership training, coaching and mentoring. He's combined his skills in NVC facilitation with Agile Coaching -- currently energized by coaching for a compassionate culture, which he believes is the key missing ingredient in Agile transformation efforts. He's an early Agilist (generalist) starting circa 2001 who has worn all hats in the technology development space. He holds advanced degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, holds several technology patents and is published in international journals. Click here for his LinkedIn profile.

    James Prieto, CNVC Certified Trainer

    I enjoy facilitating dynamic interactive workshops with experiential learning. I blend structure along with organic back and forth covering the material using improv. I've been practicing NVC since 2002, and have been facilitating NVC since 2005. I received my NVC trainer certification from CNVC in 2014, which took about 3 years to complete. I've had over 100 days training with experienced teachers Marshall Rosenberg, Mary Mackenzie, Robert Gonzales, Jim & Jori Manske, Kelly Bryson (and others) -- I acknowledge their contribution and influence in my growth journey. NVC is my passion and way of life. I'm dedicated full time to bringing NVC to individuals and organizations online and in Silicon Valley.


    I have several daily practices, including yoga, self-empathy, journal writing and meditation. One of my passions is hiking and wandering in nature, combined with wholeness practices inspired by depth psychologist Bill Plotkin; I'm pursuing a nature-based "Wild Mind" certification through Plotkin's Animas Valley Institute. Other hobbies include mountain biking, percussion and ecstatic dance. He authored and published the book "The Joy of Compassionate Connecting - The Way of Christ Through Nonviolent Communication" on October 10, 2010.

  • Testimonials

    a few words from satisfied clients

    Mala Ramakrishnan

    Mala Ramakrishnan

    Founder and CEO at Stealth Startup

    "I've attend his workshops as well as 1:1 training on using NVC. He's incredible, his listening skills as well as ability to exude empathy is very infectious. He is an excellent teacher, very passionate about bringing NVC. His ability to manage a crowd is truly admirable - driving home points on empathy in time-bound workshop -presenting conflicting situations among a very interactive and diverse crowd, while still driving his agenda within strict time limits. I highly recommend working with James. "

    Rich Worthington

    Rich Worthington

    Senior Engineer at ZOLL Circulation

    "James led the workshop effectively; several men described it as 'life changing', and as having a profound impact on how they view their personal relationships. James effectively managed our group of 50 men, including a number of strong and vocal personalities firmly but with great compassion. I highly recommend James Prieto."

    Sandra Shpilberg

    Sandra Shpilberg

    Founder & CEO of Seeker Health, Author of New Startup Mindset

    " I highly recommend James for organizational culture communication training and coaching. He's an outstanding facilitator and coach. I’ve experienced his facilitation skills in corporate and in community. He led an empathy workshop for our employees, and his work was extremely well received and effective in building trust and compassion among our team. He tunes in to the needs of his audience and delivers both content and an experience that are centering, inspiring and effective."

    Josef Houska

    Josef Houska

    Senior Counsel at Valle Makoff LLP

    "Have you ever understood something intellectually, but then had someone cause you to experience that understanding, so that inexplicably your understanding is not just in your brain, but in your bones? Mr. Prieto helps me in that way..."

    Steve Fitzsimons

    Steve Fitzsimons

    Senior Project Manager at W-Trans

    "He was a very effective leader, organized, provided very useful handouts; he led the seminar with a nice blend of instruction, demonstration, and practice sessions, with an emphasis on the practice sessions. I recommend him to others who want to enhance their team's collaboration skills."

  • Services

    Consulting services for individuals and organizations focused on collaborative communication and compassionate leadership training, coaching and mentoring

    James Prieto Communications Coach

    Online or In-person in Silicon Valley California

    Would you like some support in developing your communication skills through experienced coaching or mentoring? Contact me or book a free consultation. More information is available here.

    Agile Communications Workshops

    Communication + Leadership Workshops

    Customized workshops for your organization

    Looking for flow and predictability in your organization? Do you want to attract and retain the best people? Develop your organization's emotional intelligence through compassionate leadership workshops. Contact us or book a free consultation.

    organizational culture transformation

    Organizational Culture Transformation

    Facilitating change through compassionate leadership

    Are you wondering why organization isn't flowing as smoothly and effectively as you'd like? We offer training, coaching, webinars, feedback and measurements to effectuate sustainable improvements. Contact us or book a free consultation.

    Meditation and Conflict Resolution through NVC

    Conflict Resolution and Mediation

    Facilitated Conversations

    Would you like a mediated dialogue for resolving your conflicts? Contact us or book a free consultation.

    SF South Bay NVC Community Events

    Silicon Valley NVC - Nonviolent Communication

    Online or In-person in Silicon Valley California

    Would you like to practice communicating compassionately, to connect and learn in community? Join us on Facebook or on Meetup.

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Table of Contents
1. Services Provided
2. Prices And Payment
3. Shipping And Delivery
4. Guarantees And Warranties
5. Returns, Refunds And Complaints
6. Limitation Of Liability
7. Intellectual Property Rights
8. Future Changes
9. Governing Law

1. Services Provided
Consulting, Coaching, Training, Facilitation services are provided. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is not therapy -- not a clinical service. Nonviolent Communication is a "language of life" -- reference the book with that title by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD. The purpose of coaching and training is to provide information about NVC related practices. While you may be invited to bring real life situations for practice, we will only work with feelings of intensity 5 or less out of 10 (being the most intense) -- i.e. not working with trauma. Consulting clients, coaching clients and workshop participants are responsible for their own personal emotional safety.

2. Prices And Payment
Prices for workshops or events are listed in the website; promotional codes may provide discounts to stated prices. Hourly service prices are negotiated and agreed by all parties and confirmed via email. Payment is expected before the scheduled session begins. Services scheduled may be canceled without penalty if done with 24 hours notice.

3. Shipping And Delivery
Not applicable at this time.

4. Guarantees And Warranties
No guarantees or warranties are provided.

5. Refunds And Complaints
Requests for refunds are handled on a case-by-case basis, in a good-faith effort to acknowledge everyone's needs. Some trainings require changes to be notified some time before the event and are listed in the event description. Complaints should be directed through the Contact form on the home page; the consultant providing the service will communicate in integrity with the values of nonviolent communication (NVC). If an impasse is reached, and the stakes warrant, another NVC mediation will be used to address the complaint.

6. Limitation Of Liability
Liability is limited to the cost of the services provided. Not liable for any indirect damages that may occur.

7. Intellectual Property Rights
All materials provided in trainings, workshops or coaching sessions are copyrighted and for personal use only. 

8. Future Changes
From time to time we may change the Terms & Conditions either because of changes in our business, or due to changes in governing law. If you opt-in to the mailing list, any changes will be included at the bottom of the next newsletter.

9. Governing Law
These Terms & Conditions follow applicable laws of the City of San Jose, the County of Santa Clara, the State of California, and the United States of America.
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