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WORKING AS ONE: PRESENTATIONS (Approximately 1-1.5 hours)

Good things can happen when people work together. Based on the book, Working as One: Fundamental Conversations That Build Cooperation & Get Results the author provides an overview of why we need to talk with one another—how moving from a "me to we” mindset makes a difference in your ability to get things done.

Using real-life examples from a variety of traditional and workplace settings, the author describes a communication framework and tools that are sure to help co-workers talk about the right things in the right way. Followed by audience Q & A.



Session Overview:

Like it or not, if you want to get things done in the workplace you have to talk and reach agreements with others. Talking isn’t always convenient or easy, but it’s an essential tool for building cooperation and getting results. Working As One offers a proactive approach—many communication issues can be avoided when following a basic conversation framework. The suggestions are equally helpful when conversations become difficult—particularly in the area of conflict resolution.

Using numerous examples and stories, self assessment instruments, and large/small group discussions, this seminar is highly interactive. Participants will walk away with concrete ideas for how to work better together using specific communication tools and techniques.


Copy of the book Working as One: Fundamental Conversations That Build Cooperation & Get Results

Session Objectives:

1. Review the fundamentals of effective communication and conversations with other individuals, groups, or teams—why it is important in our work and how it impacts creating a constructive and productive work environment.

2. Explore ways to have high impact conversations—as supervisors, committee members, and colleagues.

3. Identify what co-workers need to talk and reach agreements about in order to conduct business.

4. Explore how to go about having fundamental conversations in the workplace—including the use of 4 guidelines and specific tools and techniques that enhance effective communication.

5. Discuss the leader's role and "work" in initiating, conducting, participating and/or following through in fundamental conversations.