• Compassionate Connecting

    Guiding toward connection

  • Register for Wholistic NVC

    Wholistic NVC

    10-week Series Apr 20, 2023

    Click here to Register for a Nature-based Journey to the Connected Self You Always Wanted -- extending NVC through Wild Mind by Bill Plotkin. Click here to register for first FREE session.

    Transform Trigger-Bullets into Bouquets 

    FREE Workshop July 22, 2023

    FREE interactive workshop introducing self-empathy from Nonviolent Communication (NVC) applied to triggered situations. Click here to register.

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    Would you like freedom from reactivity to imaginary bullets?

    Join us on this 10-week journey to choicefulness Starting Tue July 25, 2023 @11am PST. Click on pic to register for series.

    First Session FREE!

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    A Taste of Connection

    FREE Workshop Aug 5, 2023

    Click here to Register. Once you taste connection, you'll want more

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    Conversational Connection

    10 week Series starts

    THU Aug 10, 2023

    Practical Skills for Communicating Compassionately - click pic to register. for series. Click here for first FREE session!

    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) 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
    • NVC was created by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD who founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC.org)
    Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC)

    Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC)

  • Bio

    James Prieto

    Author, Certified NVC Trainer, Personal Development Guide, Agile Coach

    James Prieto is a nature enthusiast, author, Certified Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Trainer, apprentice in the Animas Wild Mind Training Program (WMTP). James guides individuals toward connection through personal development coaching, by facilitating NVC workshops, along with “Wild NVC” and “Wholistic NVC” nature-based offerings which integrate with Wild Mind. He’s passionate about the intersection of Animas Valley inspired work with NVC as a way to contribute to Earth elder Joanna Macy’s “Great Turning” and Thomas Berry’s “Great Work.”


    James started his career in electrical and computer engineering, satellite communications, and Agile development. After several decades in the technology industry, he experienced the need for compassionate leadership and a collaborative organizational culture. Click here for an extended bio.
  • Testimonials

    a few words from satisfied clients

    Steve Fitzsimons

    Quionna Allen

    Founder, Caldwell Allen Consulting

    "This class with James gave me practical skills to deal with challenging conversations in my personal and professional life. My favorite takeaway was self-empathy. Learning that I could apply NVC for myself was eye opening! I highly recommend courses with James!"

    Steve Fitzsimons

    Margaret Reed

    Professional Actor & Acting Coach

    "I'm extremely grateful for the modeling of NVC techniques & Compassionate Connecting that James Prieto continuously and humbly exhibits during all the classes along with his compassion and expertise in answering participants' needs and questions. If you've ever had difficulty in communicating with your relatives, your spouse, your office mates, your students, your boss, or anyone, this course will give you vital insights, skills, and practical tools that will help you reach successful connections and conversations with them."
    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."

    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."

    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."

    Steve Fitzsimons

    Stefan Schmitz

    Sr Staff Software Engineer at Accuray

    "His teaching style is masterful, he's extremely effective in any size group from 1:1 to over 50. He facilitates learning by creating rapport and an open and accepting atmosphere. His explanations are clear, concise, insightful, wise and so easy to absorb."

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Terms & Conditions
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 coupon codes may provide discounts to stated prices. Coupon use is required at the time of registration and may not be applied retroactively. 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 rescheduled without penalty if done with a 24 hour notice; "no shows" forfeit payment. Hourly 1:1 sessions are not refundable.

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. The refund period for multi-week services extends to the first two sessions; no refunds are given the day after the second session. Refunds for services purchased online incur a 6% service charge to cover transaction and administration fees. 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 mediator will be used to facilitate a dialogue in addressing the complaint. Hourly 1:1 sessions are not refundable.

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 for personal use only, and are copyrighted by Jaime "James" Prieto at Compassionate Connecting, with all rights reserved.

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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