How To Have Better Conversations

How To Have Better Conversations

Good conversations are often slightly mysterious. When they happen, we find it hard to say quite how we got into them, and are left regretting the number of times in which we didn't succeed in getting to the core of things with those around us.

This is a class that asks what a good conversation is, and offers ideas on how to plot to get into them more reliably.

We investigate the psychology and philosophy of conversation - what works and what often doesn't - as well as the assumptions we make about other people that stifle mutual understanding and curiosity. We put the ideas we explore into practice, testing as we learn.

The class constitutes an intelligent guide to how to move on from idle banter to emotionally and intellectually ambitious dialogues.


Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.

These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture, conversation and group activity.  Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.


This class is part of our EQ Certificate Programme. For more information about how to enrol at The School of Life please click here


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I attended the 'How to Have Better Conversations' last week, it was a very informed, considered and stimulating afternoon. Thank you, I will endeavour to attend as many of the School of Life sessions as I can in the future.

 - Participant

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