Responding Thoughtfully - Cutting Edge Communication Comedy Series

Responding Thoughtfully - Cutting Edge Communication Comedy Series

Seven Dimensions
Updated Jun 25, 2024
Course Description

Carol tells the team that people do not listen supportively or respond thoughtfully to each other. She uses the acronym CRAP when she talks about supportive listening. In Clarifying, Sam and Michael demonstrate an example of when to clarify a statement. Reflecting is repeating back what you think a person is saying to ensure you are on the same page. Carol believes she is expert at Advising. Alex believes it is not beneficial to offer unsolicited advice. The group discusses the best ways to offer advice. Probing is the skill of seeking more information. Sam offers his view that probing is non-judgmental questioning and gives an example. Serena interrupts the team meeting, angry about the inappropriateness of ‘CRAP’ on the whiteboard. Carol tells Serena that she is deflecting the purpose of their meeting and adds a D – CRAP’D. Ever-angry Sanjay surprises everyone with his positive reaction to CRAP.


Key Learning Points

When people listen supportively, they will respond thoughtfully.



  • Don't guess or stay confused
    INSTEAD: Ask questions to clarify
  • Don't be unresponsive
    INSTEAD: Listen supportively and reflect
  • Don't overwhelm people with advice
  • INSTEAD: Give advice when needed
  • Don't leave loose ends
    INSTEAD: Probe for more detail



  • C – Clarifying
  • R – Reflecting
  • A – Advising
  • P – Probing


Comedy makes learning fun

This course is part of the Cutting Edge Communication Comedy Series, created by Psychologist Eve Ash and comedienne Erin Brown, starring Emmy-award winning Kim Estes. A powerful training series covering topics every workplace needs to address. Short, sharp and funny with simple messages and skills for everyone.

Cutting Edge Communication follows several characters through a landscape of social faux pas, insult and embarrassment. This series will amaze and enter-train, covering important lessons in human interaction, motivation, leadership, service, unprofessional behavior, apologizing, negotiating, stress, difficult people among many other workplace hot button issues.

Everyone will laugh and learn with these short episodes that highlight dos and don'ts. This Australian produced series was filmed on location in Los Angeles.