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Open workshops

Writing, language and leadership strategies for communication and team work:

Our latest programme of open workshops is now available and focuses on storytelling, cross-cultural communication, writing excellence, the language of leadership and the mental strategies that underpin successful communication and team work.

We combine the highest levels of practical communications skills with communications psychology, NLP and cognitive linguistic learning.

Once equipped with a greater understanding of the interplay between language and cognition – and the beliefs and values that drive your own and others’ communication – you can:

  • Inspire, persuade and motivate colleagues and clients to work with you more effectively
  • Understand more of what is important to others before you act
  • Influence, connect and engage with people
  • Generate the results you want through writing excellence or when talking with people
  • Work collaboratively – including with virtual, global and cross-cultural teams
Presenting, Pitching and Speaking in Public – Summer Offer Workshop

Organise a workshop in your own offices on selected dates in July - September, 2018

Do you need to present, pitch your ideas or speak to groups as part of your work? If so, learn to present the natural way – as if in conversation with your audience. When we present – or speak to a group – the most important factors are:

• Having something real to say
• Building a connection by truly thinking about the group and their needs
• Showing why you have a right to ‘lead’ on this and why they should care about the subject - or your approach

For most of us though, presenting isn’t something we relish - nerves and other self-imposed expectations sabotage our success or reduce our impact. In this short workshop, we show you how to take some of the challenges out of presenting and put ‘natural’ back in – so you can engage with your audience and present effectively.
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We will build your confidence and skills by moving from an easy conversational starting point to some mental strategies and story-based techniques that act as a presentation support structure for you. For many of our clients, these sessions have opened the door to a different kind of presenting. We don’t promise an instant success, but we do believe this will set you on the road to easier, more enjoyable presenting.

 

This session will provide techniques, practices and feedback for up to six people as a training session. Alternatively, it can be set up as a more personal coaching session for one or two possibly more senior people.

Summer offer workshop – available at this rate for a short time and only on selected dates: Sessions are available, in your own offices (or other venue at additional cost) at a time of your choosing for 3-4 hours during office hours, at £850 + VAT on a number of dates in July, August and September, 2018. Click on the link below to see a list of the exact dates.

DATES AND BOOKING

Select dates in July, August and September, 2018 – your offices.

 

This workshop is now open for booking. Do book early for the best choice of dates and please  email us if you have any questions or would like to pay by invoice.

 

» Click here for further information and booking details

 

Personal Impact – Summer Offer Workshop

Organise a workshop in your own offices on selected dates in July - September, 2018

We live in a connected world where our personal impact and reputation matter more than ever before. It is no longer enough just to do a good job – you need to know your strengths and for others to know them too. In order to find the most success, you must take conscious control of the messages you project - creating a consistent impact that others find easy to talk about.

And yet we rarely receive quality feedback that energises us or enables us to develop further. In this workshop, we help you gain insights into your current personal impact, identify some first steps to increase your personal effectiveness and visibility - as well as deepening your understanding of others in the team. » Read further

There will be a number of activities and a planning tool to get clearer on your strengths – as others see them – and to make developing your team and personal brand fun.

  • Gain insights into your own personal impact
  • Experience ‘fast-feedback’ and construct your own personal strengths statement
  • Develop some first steps in communicating and cultivating your personal (and team) effectiveness.

This is a short workshop where a team of 6 -10 is ideal to provide a positive environment and a dynamic exchange of ideas.  This session will provide insights, practices and feedback for up to ten people.

Summer offer workshop – available at this rate for a short time and only on selected dates: Sessions are available, in your own offices (or other venue at additional cost) for 3 hours during office hours, at £850 + VAT on a number of dates in July, August and September, 2018. Click on the link below to see a list of the exact dates.

 

DATES AND BOOKING

Select dates in July, August and September, 2018 – your offices.

 

This workshop is now open for booking. Do book early for the best choice of dates and please  email us if you have any questions or would like to pay by invoice.

 

» Click here for further information and booking details

 

Persuade: The Language of Influence – Summer Offer Workshop

Organise a workshop in your own offices on selected dates in July - September 2018

Influencing and persuading is something we all do every day. Most of us want to become better at it so we can develop better work relationships in which our expertise is invited and valued.

This workshop explores the language and psychology of persuasion - particularly how to use language to guide thought and attention. It combines theory, practice and insights from cognitive psychology - helping you become more aware of the approaches, language patterns and beliefs most likely to succeed in influence situations.

Overall you will learn:
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  • Powerful language skills for clarifying, challenging and inspiring others
  • How to steer energy away from problems and onto outcomes and solutions
  • What has to be true for you to lead and influence others
  • How to prepare for and handle difficult conversations
  • Draw on the best practices of top leaders  – exploring other people’s needs at deeper levels to make real progress

This is a short workshop where a team of 6 -10 is ideal to provide a practice group and a dynamic exchange of ideas.  This session will provide insights, practices and feedback for up to ten people.

Summer offer workshop – available at this rate for a short time and only on selected dates: Sessions are available, in your own offices (or other venue at additional cost) for 3 hours during office hours, at £850 + VAT on a number of dates in July, August and September, 2018. Click on the link below to see a list of the exact dates.

DATES AND BOOKING

Select dates in July, August and September, 2018 – your offices.

 

This workshop is now open for booking. Do book early for the best choice of dates and please  email us if you have any questions or would like to pay by invoice.

 

» Click here for further information and booking details

 

Storytelling at Work

23rd August and 4th October, 2018

We don’t permit just anyone to influence us. Empathy, credibility and a sense of connection are required before we’re really prepared to listen. Knowing what we are triggering in others and aligning our ideas in story is a fundamental part of the way we communicate, influence and create change. Storytelling has the power to do what logical reason and analysis can't: to communicate a strange new idea and move people to action.

It is increasingly recognised as an important communications and leadership skill. And, although we are 'hard-wired' to respond to stories, many of us find it challenging to bring our right-brained capacity for stories into the left-brained world of business.
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This one day workshop will help you understand the importance of storytelling and how to incorporate it as a natural part of what you do as a leader and communicator.

  • Understand how narrative intelligence can be vital to connect with stakeholders and reach your business goals
  • Learn what makes an effective story and how to follow the methodology and techniques
  • Discover how to find the right type of story
  • Draw on the practices of top business leaders and explore how to put storytelling into action
  • Increase your leadership presence and ability to influence using storytelling

This one day workshop is for senior leaders, communicators, change managers, project managers and anyone ready for the challenge of being a leader truly able to move others to action.  

See full workshop details via the link below

DATES AND BOOKING

23rd August or 4th October, 2018 – Central London.

 

This workshop is now open for booking. Places are offered at a discounted rate until six weeks before each workshop – so do book early for the best prices.  Please email us if you have any questions or would like to pay by invoice.

 

» Click here for further information and booking details for the August workshop

Click here for the October workshop

 

The Cognitive Science of Words that Work – Autumn 2018 date coming soon

Autumn, 2018

Can you pinpoint the qualities present in communications that work for you and those that don’t? And would you like a deeper understanding of how writing and language impacts us as human beings?

Writing is a major tool for doing business but it is also an unnatural activity. We are born with the instinct to speak; but not to write – and that matters. Effective business writing has to be learned and honed and benefits from a working knowledge of communications psychology.

Whether you are a consultant writing for clients or an in-house communicator working with internal or external audiences, this workshop is for you. It looks at the psychological impact of written corporate communications and explores the interplay between language and cognition. It combines the practical skills of journalism with insights from cognitive science. » Read further

If you want your writing to generate the best possible results in a work environment then join us on this – one of our most popular workshops. Overall it will help you shape your own and your organisation’s communication style. It will help you:

Write with greater clarity, sensitivity and impact

Gain the tools to analyse language so you can turn your intuitions into advice

Challenge and avoid opaque communication that destroys trusting stakeholder relationships and strikes at the heart of employee engagement 

Dates and booking

Autumn date coming soon for 2018 – Central London.

 

This workshop is not yet open for booking. Please call or  email us if you would like to register an interest or find out our likely plans for our next sessions.
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The Culture Factor

On request during 2018

Cultural intelligence for effective communication and teamwork.

The ability to communicate effectively across geographies and cultures is increasingly important. In this workshop, we help you explore the key principles of successful cross-cultural communications, develop an understanding of how culture and values impact on communication, identify the benefits of diversity as well as potential barriers, and discover how to create synergies among individuals and teams with different cultural backgrounds. » Read further

This workshop will help you:

  • Develop higher level skills as an international communicator
  • Create the conditions for successful international team working
  • Take away some specific techniques for making working at a distance easier
  • Bring greater creativity to managing cultural challenges
  • Improve your cultural intelligence and understanding of diversity

DATES AND BOOKING

Now available in-house on request

 

Please get in touch to request a discussion or further information. You can  email us here.

 

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Language and leadership
Fruitful Conversations help you tell your
industry’s story
Language and Leadership
Influence with integrity

 

'We can shape events in each other’s minds with remarkable precision.'
Stephen Pinker, Cognitive Scientist
and Author of The Stuff of Thought

'Our ability to link mind to mind by
language …….. is one of the glories
of the human species.'

Richard Dawkins, Biologist and Chair of
the Public Understanding of Science

 

We help you

  • Use the kind of language and leadership that build credibility and emotional connection
  • Draw more explicitly on some fundamental processes that underlie all speech and writing
  • Understand how we process and relate to information before we will act on it
  • Learn how to use language more specifically to guide and focus thought.

 

Our approach combines theory and practice from Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Cognitive Linguistics, Communications Psychology and Authentic Leadership.

Adrian Goodall Associates Ltd trading as Fruitful Conversations. Company number 4179705
Registered address: 130 High Street, Marlborough, UK, SN8 1LZ Postal address: The Studio, Thorneycroft, All Cannings, Wiltshire, SN10 3NY
Email: talk@fruitfulconversations.co.uk Tel: 01380 860003