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Good communication skills are indispensable in the modern workplace. The nature of work itself has changed over recent decades to become more collaborative and team-based than ever before, whilst organisations themselves are increasingly more networked, democratic and less hierarchical. This puts an ever higher premium on the ability to communicate with honesty, charm and clarity.

Studies have found that highly effective communicators are 32% more likely to meet the goals of a major project, and yet another recent study found that 69% of managers were generally uncomfortable communicating with employees. This is why communication shouldn’t be overlooked when assessing individual career prospects and the overall health of an organisation’s culture.

At The School of Life we believe that greater training around Emotional Intelligence is key to establishing these effective habits of communication. Our focus is on those psychological barriers – the defence mechanisms and ego-driven responses, the insecurities and anxieties – which keep people from interacting in a direct, honest but ultimately helpful fashion.

In this two-hour session we will:

  • Consider the obstacle of assumptions, and the difficulty of knowing whether we are communicating effectively

  • Practise “teaching” others effectively, getting beyond emotional barriers and resistance to new information

  • Practise “learning” effectively, parsing out what others are really trying to convey

  • Practise listening deeply and showing that we are paying attention

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” - Epictetus


09.40    Tea, coffee and pastries
10.00     Workshop commences
11.05      Break 
12.00     Session finishes

Course Leader

Brennan Jacoby is a philosopher, freelance writer and consultant. He is a specialist in trust, exploring how it might be repaired when broken by betrayal, and developing ways to help individuals and institutions become more worthy of trust. Jacoby’s work is also concerned with morality, relationships and the impact of the Enlightenment on contemporary culture. Originally from Michigan, he gained his PhD in Philosophy from Macquarie University in Australia, and currently lives in London.


Bringing together the expertise of entrepreneurs, psychologists, thought leaders and CEOs, and drawing upon The School of Life’s unique expertise in cultivating emotional intelligence, our Business School workshops will equip you with the tools and strategies needed to thrive in the modern workplace.




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Fri 8th Sep 2017 (9:40)

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