Reading the Room (online option)

26 May 2022: 9.15 am - 11.30 am
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Trainer: Shoshana Boyd Gelfand 

This event is open to all staff from Pears Foundation grantee organisations. Spaces are limited to 12 participants to enable an interactive online learning experience.

Do you ever feel like you’re always the one saying no in a meeting? Or that your ideas are always being rejected by the same person?

Does your team find itself unable to reach decisions?

Why do colleagues nod their heads “yes” when they actually mean “no”?

Have you ever sat in a meeting and thought “there is something going on here that is not being said”?

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to Structural Dynamics, a theory developed by Dr David Kantor, an American psychologist who specialised in systems thinking and team dynamics. The theory posits that all interactions between people fall into four possible speech acts. Many communication problems occur when individuals become “stuck” in various sequences and patterns of these four speech acts. By “reading the room” and recognising these four speech acts and the patterns they form, leaders can help their teams to communicate more effectively.

We will explore Kantor’s theory, practice recognising some of the patterns, and then exploring how the Four-Player Model applies to both face-to-face and virtual communication. This workshop is useful for anyone who is interested in having more intentional conversations. By the end, you will be able to “map” any conversation and intervene more intentionally and effectively in discussions – whether they take place at a board meeting, a staff away day, a meeting with a funder, or just a dinner-time conversation with your family.

We are offering a choice of learning online or an in-person workshop. The in-person workshop will involve an in-depth exploration of our own interactions as a group, so come prepared for a truly interactive learning experience!

If you are interested in attending this course, please register here.