“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”
– Oprah Winfrey
Our services are designed for people who are willing to work to reach their goals. They know it’s worth it.
Learn more about how our talks and trainings can help you and your team.
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Content facilitation – that’s what good trainers do.
Process facilitation – that’s helping people have productive conversations that lead to good decisions.
As someone dedicated to effective communication, Sue is trained and experienced in both forms of facilitation.
She also teaches others to do it and can provide a one-day facilitation course or a two-day program designed for agile coaches based on the learning objectives of the International Consortium for Agile.
She’s also a qualified and experienced Open Space facilitator. This is an amazing way to help large groups share ideas with each other for problem solving, conflict resolution or learning.
To learn more, contact Sue.
Our Speaker Circles program puts you in front of a friendly, supportive audience that helps you learn and flourish as a speaker. It’s no longer one of our regular public offerings; however, we are happy to offer it as a program for your organization, either as a 3-day program, or six half days over six weeks.
Contact Sue for info.
Sue Johnston is the author of “Talk To Me: Workplace Conversations That Work,” which follows the adventures of a project manager as he learns to communicate effectively (with the help of a coach). Part story, part workbook, it introduces you to several important principles of conscious communication.
Learn more about how Talk To Me can help you and your team.
So what’s it like to work with us?
We believe that anyone motivated can learn to be a good communicator – and we know it doesn’t happen overnight. Based on what we’ve seen so far, you can expect the following results:
The quality of conversation improves, almost immediately.
There’s something valuable in simply being aware of communication. Together, we shine a light on what’s happening in your workplace – conversation patterns, habits, content, context, timing and styles – and people often notice a sudden improvement. Of course, a lasting improvement only comes when you actually work at changing conversation habits over time.
People will talk about important things.
Once you create a culture where it’s OK not to have all the answers, the content of the conversation moves to what’s important to your business and your success. Debates on whether the office blinds should be open or closed fade into memory as people learn ways to share their honest questions and opinions without fear. People discuss ways to get the job done – and then they do it.
Agreement means more than bobbing heads.
As you practise setting realistic expectations and accepting reasonable commitments, agreement starts to mean something. You can rely on people making reliable promises and keeping them. If we work with you, alone, you become the role model for conscious commitments. When we work with your team, results come faster.
Your meetings matter.
When conversation is well directed, the time you spend in meetings is an investment that pays off. Real issues surface, discussion is productive, decisions are made and plans established. People know where they’re going. And so do you.
You feel relief.
When you can talk about the issues, identify the needs, and establish clear priorities, balancing the competing needs of bosses, employees, colleagues, clients and others gets a whole lot easier.
You press the “Shift” key. Change happens. You feel a sense that things are under control – without feeling you have to control them.
You know everyone’s doing their job. People are “all on the same page.” Or they can get there. You see proof that you’re a good manager on a good team and you all can succeed.
You are understood.