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.


18.00    Welcome & Class commences
19.30    Break (times vary)
21.15    Class finishes

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'I developed an awareness of the types of conversations I currently have and gained some good tips to enhance these conversations and make them more meaningful.'
— Participant


Myke Bartlett was born in Perth, and spent his first twenty years trying to escape. A trained journalist, Bartlett writes on politics, movies, pop culture and rock music for Australia’s best known cultural publications. His debut young adult novel Fire in the Sea won the 2011 Text Prize.


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 and group activity and conversation. Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.

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How To Have Better Conversations


When and where:
  • Thursday 7 September 2017 6 — 9.15pm,
  • Tuesday 3 October 2017 6 – 9.15pm,
    The School of Life Classroom, 669 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000


Full price: $80.00
Concession: $70.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original class date.

For ticketing and box office enquiries please call 0434 492 669 or email

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