Coaching ourselves and each other to be more credible, caring and connected
Dates: 11 & 12 November 2021
The aim of the programme is to present a framework for improving professional dialogue within education communities and beyond. It has been designed to improve communications in educational organisations based on the premise that schools are only as good as the conversations that take place within them.
In Dr 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.”
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? We will then consider the “10 Habits” required for better conversations.
This programme is designed to:
- Assist educators to be better communicators
- Enhance the ability to listen actively with empathy
- Support educators to find common ground in conversations and foster dialogue
- Build trust within educational communities
Who is the programme suitable for?
This programme 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?