When was the last time you had a real conversation? According to the dictionary, a conversation is the informal exchange of ideas by spoken words. NOTE: SPOKEN words. We have all been well-schooled in email etiquette, and texting has become the shorthand of the 21st century, but what about speaking with one another…do we even remember how to converse effectively? If you feel uncomfortable reaching out to touch someone by making a phone call, or speaking one on one with a colleague, or informally chatting with your boss at the company party, you are not alone. More important, if you have an idea you’ve been sitting on for months (years?) because you’re afraid of the reaction you might receive, again you’re not alone. Conversations used to be the best way to communicate with another human being. Business studies show us that conversations are still the best way to share ideas, connect with others, and combine thoughts and wisdom to create a GREAT IDEA. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen as often as it should in the workplace, but if it did efficiency, productivity and success rates would sky rocket. So how can we make this happen? In this session, we will talk….we will actually have a conversation…about this very topic. Attendees will take away: 1 - How do I start a conversation? How do I end one? 2 - How do I engage in small talk (I really hate it)? 3 - How do I ask questions without feeling or seeming intrusive? 4 - How do I get past the feeling of “they don’t have time” and won’t want to waste time talking to me? 5 - How do I share an idea without the fear of being laughed at, or my idea being “stolen”? 6 - How do I learn to listen? 7 - How do I restore natural flow when a conversation seems to be out of control? You can contact Jean at 801-875-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org to talk further about how she can help you reach your goals through this presentation.