Talks from The School of Life for Business
Our Talks provide a wise, thoughtful and entertaining perspective on some of the biggest questions employees and organisations face in today’s world: from dealing with emotional problems at work; to the keys to effective collaboration; to techniques to help us better understand our own minds.
Delivered by experts from The School of Life faculty, available in-person or virtually for groups of up to 300 people*, these one-hour talks are a brief but fascinating exploration of some game-changing ideas.
*Larger groups may be accommodated on request.
1. Emotional Intelligence at Work
In today’s workplace, our success is dependent on our capacity for emotional intelligence. It allows us to confront with patience, insight and imagination the problems we face in our relationship with our colleagues and ourselves. In this talk, we’ll explore the meaning and benefits of emotional intelligence, and how we can use it to negotiate workplace dynamics and challenges with patience and skill – becoming more mature, serene and fulfilled people in the process.
2. The Importance of Collaboration
Though our society tends to glorify lone creators, it is only by collaboration that we achieve the most important accomplishments. Though only in the last century or two has complex collaboration become an ordinary part of working life, it’s now the single biggest factor determining whether a project, team, or organisation is a success. In this talk, we’ll explore examples of collaboration in history, politics and business to learn about its true nature and benefits. We’ll consider ways that we can combine our strengths with those of others and practise communicating more clearly (and disagreeing more constructively) in order to work together better.
3. Agility in Times of Change
The modern world of work is defined by rapid change and innovation. As businesses have to move ever faster to keep up, agility has become a core skill within organisations navigating the shifting demands of their industry. In this talk, we will learn about the practical and emotional obstacles to agility; discuss different pathways to fostering a more agile workplace culture, and consider the role that nostalgia and anticipation play in shaping our expectations for the future.
4. Diversity and Belonging
Diversity has become something of a buzzword for modern businesses, but fostering a diverse and inclusive culture has the potential to reinvigorate your entire organisation. In this talk, we will discuss the importance of Deep-Level Diversity (which includes such things as education, values and neurotypicality) as well as the role that various psychological factors play in shaping our relationships and experience of work. Some discussions will employ anonymity to allow a free expression of different perspectives.
To explore further, please contact the Business team at [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions
Our specialist faculty has been selected not just on their professional and academic expertise, but also on their ability to engage audiences with their dynamism, charisma and warmth. You can see their profiles on our faculty page.
Each participant will receive a supporting worksheet to refer to during the Talk, as well as a summary of the ideas covered.
We generally do not allow filming of any of our live events, but more importantly, it would likely inhibit the feeling of safety and privacy required by attendees in order to participate fully. Our goal is always to create the very best experience for our participants, and for that we try to preserve the closed nature of the sessions. On occasion we have been able to allow companies to film the Talk and licence the content for a limited time, for an additional fee.
Talks can be delivered to very large audiences – as long as the right space or technology is available. As such, they act as a great introduction to The School of Life for Business.
Yes. However, because certain Workshops, Talks and Conversations complement one another and work well in tandem, we often recommend booking them as part of longer programmes, according to your team or organisation’s needs.
These Talks are designed for corporate training – where an organisation books private sessions for their internal teams, delivered at a time of their choosing. We therefore cannot offer individual places on Talks.