A Night of Better Conversation: The Year that Was

We seem to spend much of our lives lamenting the lack of time. We talk almost proudly about how busy we are, as if constant stress is a measure of success. But maybe there's another reason we're happy to be busy — because it stops us having to slow down and reflect. There's no time to process our experiences and learn anything from them. Einstein once said:"The definition of insanity is repeating the same actions over and over again and expecting different results”. Is our very modern aversion towards reflection causing us harm? 

 As 2019 draws to a close, we invite you to take the time to reflect on the year that was and process the hurts, victories, resentments, joys and sorrows. Let's make sure we begin the new year afresh with a fresh perspective and (as much as possible) greet 1 January with a clear head.

A Night of Better Conversation is a chance to get outside our comfort zone and make meaningful connections with people we might otherwise never meet. The night will be broken into theory and practice. You will begin by learning a specific technique for better conversation and then invited to practice the technique with other people. As we explore the art, we'll consider the emblem of ‘busy’ in our modern lives. Is it really true that we don’t have enough time? Where does our modern aversion to reflection spring from? What might we have to gain from embracing time as a friend rather than treating it as a foe? How could we benefit from greater reflection? After all, as Alain de Botton posited, “Anxiety grows from thoughts we haven’t given ourselves time to have”. 

Whatever your feelings about 2019, join us for an evening of adventurous conversations to help process the year that was.


6.30 pm    Doors Open
7.00 pm    Welcome & Introduction
7.15 pm     Key Idea 1 & conversation
7.45 pm     Key Idea 2 & conversation
8.15 pm     Key Idea 3 & conversation
9.00 pm   Event Concludes & Venue Open for Continued Conversation

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“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
― Søren Kierkegaard



Myke Bartlett is a journalist, writer and teacher. He joined the School of Life Australia as a founding faculty member in 2013. Since then, he has taught and devised a range of sessions and classes, mostly focused on the art of conversation. He has written for some of Australia's most respected cultural publications and was the arts editor at The Weekly Review for the best part of a decade. As a journalist, he has spoken to some of the world's most interesting people and does his best to find something interesting to talk about with everyone else. Despite years of intensive study, he is still baffled by small talk.

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A Night of Better Conversation: The Year that Was


When and where:
  • Wed 4 Dec 2019 6.30pm – 9pm
    11 Princes St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia

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Full price: $45
Concession: $36
+ booking fee

Tickets include light, vegetarian refreshments. Drinks can be purchased at the bar.

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