Helping people connect with respect, understanding
How did your business start?
Steadfast Communication was born out of owner Karen Barbee’s curiosity and exploration into how people can connect with each other with respect and understanding, even when differences are present.
Through her training in Critical Friends, Non-Violent Communication, Mediation, Empathic Coaching, Executive Stamina, and Conscious Choosing for Flow, Karen found that people are — at the root of it — all attempting the same thing: to live a life that is satisfying. What she found is that conflict is found in the “strategy” used to gain the life that is satisfying.
What do you sell?
Mediation Services, Communications Skills Training (leadership teams, couples, individual, staff), Connective Coaching
What positive lessons did you learn during the recession?
Steadfast Communication is opening its doors now, during the recession because the value of helping people find resolution through skillful communication holds value, now and tomorrow. It is exactly the type of stress that economic downturn brings that spotlights to a greater degree the need for people to be able to hear each other and make sound decisions from deep understanding.
What is your strategy for growth in the next year?
Offering a service that is of value to the people of the Roaring Fork Valley through a business that holds the intention of improving the quality of life for both the employees and the clients.
What is the best thing about running a business here?
I grew up here. Opening a business with the intention to give back to the people, to improve the quality of life the members of our community experience both professionally and personally is very satisfying for me. There is something deeply rewarding in holding the goal to improve the value of life for self and others through my work.
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