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Talking with your Team

Teams that can TALK together stick together



Talking with your Team:  What this Program is about...

Conversations are at the core of constructive teams. Theyíre the way we stay in touch, build bonds, exchange ideas, sort out plans, fix problems and take action. Communication or lack of it is a constant complaint in most teams Ė and at the bottom of better communication is an ability to have better conversations.

Better conversation means better teamwork. The way teams talk together is a telling indicator of morale, culture, climate, performance and team cohesion. Itís a key element in the effective functioning of any team. Yet while we engage in them all the time, the importance of becoming more skilled at conversations seems to escape us. Many of us work together for years and never take the time to reflect on how we come across or talk to each other.

Itís as though conversations are so fundamental to everyday life, most of us never stop to think how we might become better at them. If your teamís never talked openly over how you work in with, and come across to, each other, youíre probably perpetuating errors and omissions in the way you see and relate to each other. And thatís what this clinic is all about.

Talking with your Team is a 1-day fast-track adaptation of our long-running 2-day Leading through Conversations program.  It explores 7 principles for improving your team-talk along with a useful set of foundation tools to replace dysfunctional debate with the art of more skillful discussion.

Whether youíre a team member or team leader, you will explore ways to apply a range of easy-to-learn discussion tools you can deploy in all sorts of settings in a supportive, safe and fun practice environment. Topics and tools we touch on include:

Seeing you in conversations - whatís your team-talk like?


7 Principles for Constructive Conversations


Types of team-talk: Staying in dialogue and out of argument


Getting in touch with your inner voice


Level-headed questioning and the lost art of listening


Conversational gears - perspectives, positions and assumptions


Balancing your say with hearing what others have to say


Asserting yourself positively - saying what you need to say cleanly & clearly


Engaging others and making it safe for them to speak up


5-P model of skillful discussion and prac sessions on protocols


Setting conversational coaching improvement goals for self and the team

Is this clinic for you?  Whether youíre a team leader or team member, no matter what level or kind of work you do, come along to this clinic if you want to improve clarity, confidence and connection in your day-to-day team interactions and/or:

Engage in more skillful discussions that stay on-topic and on-track


Help people talk up more openly, share ideas and say whatís on their mind


Challenge each otherís views but avoid falling into the argument trap


Put your point across calmly and persuasively


Say what you need to say on issues that matter and work through them


Get to the bottom of issues instead of frothing around on top


Have more supportive conversations to make it safe to raise hard issues


Make team-talks more productive and meaningful

8 Download the program Brochure here  PDF

or review course outline

8 Read more in our conversation FactFiles, starting with FactFile-1: Constructive Conversations and FactFile-5: The Business of Conversations

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Course numbers are limited to optimise outcomes for participants - early registration recommended.


Fee discounts offered for early registration, group registrations, NFP and schools.  Refer Registration page, program Brochure or contact us for current offers in your region.



2013 Dates Venue



Watermark Hotel Brisbane, Spring Hill  - or

Traders Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn) Roma St


  Park Motor Inn

Hervey Bay





  Souths' Leagues Club


  Seagulls Resort


  Rydges Tradewinds Hotel

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Expressions of Interest and In-House enquiries welcome

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Dates are valid at the time of publication but subject to change.  We'll do our best to keep this page up-to-date, but suggest you contact us to confirm dates prior to registration.



Venues listed are a guide only and subject to change - to be confirmed on registration.



Timing, unless otherwise advised, is 8.30 am to 4.45pm each day. Catering provided.



Fees due on registration - Tax Invoice provided and payment to be completed within 14 days if invoice and prior to attendance. Fees are transferable up to 14 days prior but non-refundable - conditions apply.  Please check our full terms and conditions prior to registration.


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