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What the heck is Authentic Relating, and why is StartHuman offering it? 

I experienced my first Authentic Relating Games Night in October 2018. I left feeling grounded, fulfilled and a deep sense of connection with myself and others. These types of experiences are often reserved for multi-day retreats  and other professional/personal development endeavors, so I was impressed that we accomplished these outcomes with games and activities during one evening.

I completed the Authentic Leadership Training in June 2019 and am now bringing Authentic Relating into my home community in Reno/Tahoe. What is authentic relating, how does it serve our purpose of re-humanizing the workplace?

Authentic relating includes activities designed to foster, deepen and fuel human connection. You can use Authentic Relating to:

  1. Work on your human skills including:
    • Communication (verbal and non-verbal)
    • Empathy
    • Emotional Intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, other awareness and relationship building
    • Courage – asking for what we need, setting boundaries, sharing our stories and experiences
    • Emotional literacy
    • Body intelligence
  1. Experience social tools that build trust and psychological safety.
  2. Have fun!

If you want to experience Authentic Relating:

  • Sign up for an Authentic Relating Games Night in your own community.
  • Make a trip to Reno and attend one of ours (here).
  • Bring Authentic Relating to your next team offsite, meeting or retreat.
  • Buy the manual and facilitate Authentic Relating for your team (we only recommend this for seasoned facilitated who are experienced at creating safe containers in which people can be vulnerable).
Amber Barnes
Amber Barnes
Amber is a leadership development professional with a heart for helping leaders maximize human performance in the workplace (and beyond.) With over a decade of experience coaching, training and advising leaders, she writes to helps leaders become more effective. Amber highlights common pitfalls, effective (and human) leadership practices as well as "must-knows" for leaders.