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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
The Cognitive Science of Words that Work

15th March and 23rd May, 2017

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

15th March and 23rd May, 2017 – Central London.


This workshop is now open for booking. Please book by 28th February for early bird rates and  email us if you have any questions or would like to pay by invoice.
» Click here for booking information and to see more workshop details


Storytelling at Work

25th April, 2017

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


25th April, 2017 – Central London.


This workshop is now open for booking. Places are offered at a super-discounted rate until January 31st, 2017 – so 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



Neuroproof Your Communication

29th June, 2017

Understand the neurobiology you are triggering as you communicate in the workplace.

Workplace communication and behaviour can have a significant impact on the vital body chemistry of teams and employees - with both immediate and long term effects on health and people’s ability to think, create and perform effectively. Neurobiological research shows that this is even more important than it may appear at first sight.
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People only react positively to organisational communication if you have gained their trust and emotional proximity.
Communication from those with positional power in an organisation can all too easily evoke defensive thinking, suspicion and even fear if it fails to draw people closer and to minimise specific sorts of ‘threat’. Leaders and managers must effectively mitigate for the power they hold by playing to important neurobiological and evolutionary mechanisms building safety and motivation.

Learn how to communicate to influence this and understand:

  • The five core human or social needs that fuel our emotional state and behaviour
  • What drives our behaviour at both conscious and unconscious levels
  • Antidotes to toxic organisational communication.

 Read a full description of the workshop here


Dates and booking

29th June, 2017 – Central London.
» Click here for booking information and to see workshop details


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.

Feverfew Ltd trading as Fruitful Conversations. Feverfew Ltd. Company number 4179696
Registered address: 130 High Street, Marlborough, UK, SN8 1LZ Postal address: The Studio, Thorneycroft, All Cannings, Wiltshire, SN10 3NY
Email: Tel: 01380 860003