Conversations Worth Having (CWH) Bootcamps

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Conversations Worth Having (CWH) Bootcamps

August 5, 2021 @ 8:30 am - August 6, 2021 @ 4:30 pm PDT - Orange County One-Stop Center, Irvine, CA, 92614

Conversations are at the heart of everything we do. They are key to effective communications, leadership, high performing teams, and strong relationships. We all know that they influence us, but we rarely stop to think about how much they affect our well-being and others as well as the health of our organizations and communities. Our conversations directly influence our present moment and possible futures. Are you engaging in Conversations Worth Having?

Conversation Bootcamp

When: Thursday, August 5, 2021 / Format: Face-to-Face

Communication. It remains the top issue for organizations, teams, and relationships. Almost everyone struggles with how to effectively communicate when they are frustrated or facing conflict. The effects of poor communication are costly. They show up in organizations as:

Employee disengagement, malaise, and turnover;
Dysfunctional teams;
Poor performance;
Inability to give and receive critical feedback; and
Negative attitudes, cliques, and gossip: a culture of “me”.

If you’re dealing with any of these outcomes, the Conversations Worth Having Bootcamp will give you the skills and tools to turn them around. This program is grounded in Appreciative Inquiry, one of the most widely used positive change approaches. Two simple Appreciative Inquiry practices can turn your entire culture around, creating a culture of conversations worth having.

Following this workshop, you will have tools to establish communication practices that will support productivity, engagement, high performance teams, regular feedback, positivity, and a culture of “we.”

You will walk away prepared to:

Keep your cool when you want to explode!
Effectively challenge assumptions and preconceptions, including yours.
Deal with conflict quickly and effectively.
Fuel productive and meaningful engagement.
Communicate successfully with people who hold negative attitudes or defensive positions.
Give and receive critical feedback in ways that promote learning and high performance.
Ask the kind of questions that deepen understanding, strengthen connections, and inspire possibility.
Talk with colleagues in ways that invite them to collaborate on projects and strategic outcomes.
Listen with genuine curiosity.
Frame any conversation, even one around a highly complex problem, to inspire creative and innovative thinking and solutions.

Click here to learn more about Conversation Bootcamp’s course modules and options.

Strategic Conversations Bootcamp

When: Friday, August 6, 2021 / Format: Face-to-Face

A lack of strategic thinking and planning in organizations is costly. The greatest expense is the investment of time and resources into activities that do not support company goals or the mission. In addition, employees show up, do their work, and go home. This results in missed opportunities. Without a context for their work, employees are not inspired to think or plan creatively about process improvement, innovation, or cost savings. And anyone who has tried knows, it can be a struggle to get teams to buy-in to strategic goals, much less think and work in alignment with those goals.

Developing your leadership ability for strategic thinking and planning, coupled with the skills to engage in strategic conversations significantly improves your value as a leader. The days of hiring an outside agency to create a strategic plan for your organization are over; so too should be strategic plans developed at the top and handed down for others to implement. Organizations poised for growth and success have leaders who are adopting strategic thinking as an on-going way of doing business and strategic planning that engages employees across the whole organization as well as external stakeholders. They engage everyone in developing agile plans, cycles of experimentation and learning, innovation, and measuring actions against relevant metrics.

This training will prepare you to engage your teams in strategic conversations that can:

Increase productivity, engagements, and organizational effectiveness;
Reduce costs, misalignment, and conflicts;
Improve customer service levels;
Innovate in the face of challenges; and
Make a positive contribution to the bottom line.

Using two very powerful methodologies (SOAR and the Appreciative Inquiry 5-D Cycle), you will have the tools to engage teams from a whole system perspective in conversations to:

Address short- and long-term challenges, systems, and innovation;
Explore strengths, dynamic capabilities, and opportunities;
Develop or re-evaluate organization’s values, vision, and mission statements;
Set goals, objectives, strategies, and action plans;
Clarify roles, relationships, and expectations; and
Track progress through regular cycles of action learning.

This bootcamp will support your capacity and develop capabilities to have strategic conversations at the level of the individual, team, division, and the whole organization or community.

Click here to learn more about Strategic Conversations’ course modules and course options.

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Event Registration

$695.00 – $1295.00
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August 5, 2021 @ 8:30 am
August 6, 2021 @ 4:30 pm
$695.00 – $1295.00
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Melissa Robaina – Center for Appreciative Inquiry
Lisa Schmith
(949) 357-4568


Orange County One-Stop Center
17891 Cartwright Road, Suite 100
Irvine,CA92614United States
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Event Cost

Save when you register for both bootcamps

  • $695.00 USD per Bootcamp; or
  • $1,295.00 USD when you register for both

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    Conversation Bootcamp
    $ 695.00
    Strategic Conversations Bootcamp
    $ 695.00
    Both bootcamps - Conversation Bootcamp and Strategic Conversations Bootcamp
    $ 1,295.00

    Registration Includes

    Your registration includes:

    • 2 full days of instruction
    • Lunch to be provided each day
    • Participant Handbook. One week prior to the training, your trainers will email you an electronic version of the handbooks so that you can begin to skim the materials prior to the training. Printed versions of the handbooks will be provided to you on-site at the training
    • Though not necessary, based on feedback from previous participants, we recommend you read Conversations Worth Having and the Thin Book of SOAR before you attend the training. You will be receiving a copy of each of the books at the training; if you already have them, you can pass them along to a colleague or friend.

    AI Practitioners

    Cheri Torres understands that relational dynamics inform any group or organization endeavor; therefore, she works with leaders and teams to co-create positive, strength-based relationships capable of achieving extraordinary outcomes. She emphasizes excellence and success as an evolving target that is best achieved through continuous appreciation and inquiry. Working with Cheri means learning to use a simple set of tools and practices that generate human connection, positive relational dynamics, broad-based inclusion, creativity, collaborative action, and collective impact.

    Cheri also partners with communities and organizations for whole systems change and strategic planning, bringing all stakeholders together for planning, design and collaborative action.  She has worked across all sectors: education, social profit/NGOs, government and corporate, supporting their capacity for learning and innovation, shared leadership, teamwork and collaboration. She has trained thousands of trainers and teachers in the use and practice of Experiential Learning, Appreciative Inquiry and other strength-based practices with a particular focus on leadership development, teamwork, creativity, and collaboration. In addition to North America, she has worked in Mexico, South America, Europe and India. Learn More>

    Jackie Stavros’ passion is working with others to discover their strengths, identify opportunities and create a plan with meaningful results for positive change! She is internationally recognized for her creation of SOAR, a positive approach to strategic thinking, planning, and leading that focuses on strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results in strategic conversations. The heart of her work is using Appreciative Inquiry (AI), one of the most popular approaches to positive change – that is bringing out the best in people, their organizations, and communities to fuel conversations worth having that produce meaningful engagement and results. She has presented her research and work in over 25 countries.

    Jackie has been integrating strengths-based, whole system practices into her research, teaching, training, coaching, and consulting work to strengthen relationships, impact performance, and create positive change. She works with organizations in leadership development, team-building, and strategic planning. She helps organizations identify and articulate their values, vision, mission, strategy, and strategic initiatives and build collaborative teams and communities for results-oriented action. She has worked across all sectors including for-profit, non-profit, government, and a wide spectrum of industries. Learn More>

    Travel Arrangements

    Nearest Airports
    John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA)

    There are several hotels in the Orange County / Irvine area. Below are a few hotels that are near the training venue…

    Embassy Suites by Hilton Irvine Orange County Airport
    2120 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614
    Tel: (949) 553-8332
    (within a mile of the training venue)

    Hyatt House Irvine
    2320 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614
    Tel: (949) 936-4280
    (within a mile of the training venue)

    Atrium Hotel
    18700 MacArthur Boulevard, Irvine, CA 92612
    Tel: (949) 833-2770

    Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport
    18000 MacArthur Boulevard, Irvine, CA 92612
    Tel: (949) 833-3317

    Parking & Sign-in
    The training venue is a public facility for the county’s workforce development services so individuals will be required to sign in upon arrival. Free parking is available on-site.