Better Conversations

This course is delivered by GCI under our partnership agreement with Instructional Coaching Group (ICG). Designed around the key themes of the book, Better Conversations: Coaching ourselves and each other to be more credible, caring and connected, the aim of the course is to present a framework for improving professional dialogue within education communities and beyond. In Dr Jim Knight’s words:

“Effective communication is an essential skill for a fulfilled life, and we can’t teach it to students if we don’t know how to do it ourselves.”

Getting Started
12 Learning Hours
Benefits
  • Become a better communicator
  • Enhance your ability to listen with empathy
  • Find common ground in conversations and foster dialogue
  • Build trust through dialogue
  • Enhance awareness of your current ‘communication profile’
  • A model of ‘partnership communication’
Price

$790 (+ GST)

This price is for an individual registering on an open-enrolment course.

Savings are available for organisations who wish to run this course for an in-house group.

Please email info@growthcoaching.com.au to request a quote or discuss this further.

About Better Conversations

Designed around the key themes of Dr Jim Knight’s 2016 book, Better Conversations: Coaching ourselves and each other to be more credible, caring and connected, GCI facilitators have worked in partnership with Dr Knight to prepare this highly regarded course for in-person delivery in our regions.

The aim of the course is to present a framework for improving professional dialogue within education communities and beyond. 

Participants begin by taking stock of their current beliefs and communication habits by considering two simple questions:

Where are you now?

Where do you want to be?

Participants then consider the “10 Habits” required for better conversations.

This course will be of interest to anyone wishing to examine their own communication and develop new habits that lead to enhanced dialogue in their setting.


Participants will explore the following questions:

  • What is my current ‘communication profile’?
  • What are our beliefs about communication and how do they influence our actions?
  • How do we measure up in terms of top-down communication versus partnership communication based on the 6 Beliefs of Better Conversations?
  • What are the 10 Habits of Better Conversations and how do we measure up against these?
  • What can we do to get better at fostering true dialogue with others?
Structure

Be introduced to the 6 Better Conversations Beliefs:

·     I see others as equal partners in conversation

·     I want to hear what others have to say

·     I believe others should have a lot of autonomy

·     I don't judge my conversations partners

·     Our conversations should be back and forth

·     Conversation should be life-giving


  • Demonstrate empathy
  • Listen
  • Foster dialogue
  • Ask better questions
  • Make emotional connections
  • Be a witness to the good
  • Find common ground
  • Control toxic emotions
  • Redirect toxic conversations
  • Building trust
Learning Design

Research-informed, Practitioner-focused is an important principle that underpins all our work at GCI, and this course is no exception. 

The Better Conversations course is based on decades of research on instructional coaching, communication and professional development by Dr Jim Knight and colleagues at The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning.


When we are engaged in praxis we are reflecting in action – taking what we are learning and applying it in real-life situations. Our in-person and online courses enable praxis through a ‘coaching approach’ to facilitation combined with a range of thoughtfully designed adult learning experiences including:

  • individual and group reflection activities
  • co-operative learning tasks
  • practice opportunities using real workplace scenarios
  • modelling
  • observation and feedback
  • debrief sessions


The Better Conversations course is currently only available as two full days (in-person).

Pricing

$790 (+ GST)

This price is for an individual registering on an open-enrolment course.

Savings are available for organisations who wish to run this course for an in-house group.

Please email info@growthcoaching.com.au to request a quote or discuss this further.

Register for upcoming Better Conversations workshops
Register Your Interest

2 day workshop

This course is currently being offered to on-site groups only.


Please complete the enquiry form to register your interest.

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