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)
21.00     Class finishes

'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.'


Anna McPherson has worked in both the corporate and non-for profit sector throughout her career and held senior management roles in Marketing and Business Development. She received her degree in English Literature from the University of Oregon and has worked for organisations as diverse as The Hilton International in Hong Kong, The Asia-Australia Institute, The American Chamber of Commerce, The Australian Ballet, The Sydney Theatre Company and currently with The Australian Chamber Orchestra.


Rob O'Donnell is a Culture and People professional with extensive Learning and Organisational Development, Culture Change, and Coaching experience. His business, OD3 Consulting, looks to leverage this experience to supply tailored L&OD solutions and coaching to businesses. His passion is developing sustainable high-performing people and teams.


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.

TSOL is a safe, community space for the exploration of significant human concerns. Some of these concerns are of course of a deeply personal nature and if you feel negatively affected by any content or conversations then please approach our faculty member or host who can provide support and guidance.

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How To Have Better Conversations


When and where:
  • Monday 21 August 2017 6 - 9pm
  • Monday 11 September 2017 6 - 9pm
    The School of Life, 370 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010


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.

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