Conversations Worth Having Bootcamps for the Workplace

“The bootcamp of the future is one that teaches your people how to have conversations!” – Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

What kind of conversations are you having in your workplace?

Are you tired of conversations that focus on what’s wrong, without producing actionable results? Do you want to create meaningful, respectful engagement in your organization that builds connection, fuels productivity and generates positive change?

We are almost always engaged in either internal dialogue or external interactions at work. You may not realize how much influence conversations have on the well-being of your team or organization. How often are those conversations worth having? What if you could learn to fuel meaningful engagements while energizing people to solve problems? THE Conversations Worth Having bootcamp doES this through Appreciative Inquiry (AI), which teaches ways to find the best in people, organizations and communities by inquiring into strengths, possibilities and successes.

Research shows the need for upwards of three positive interactions to every one negative one. Most teams function at a 1:1 ratio of positive to negative. Working towards a higher positivity ratio creates more engagement.

What will you learn?

  • PRACTICES FROM AI, one of the most widely used approaches to fostering positive change in organizations.
  • Stories from different work environments about the research behind this work.
  • HOW positivity gives people access to higher order thinking, creativity, engagement, self-motivation and relational capacity.
  • Evidence-based practices, principles and tools to shift the dynamics of workplace conversations from reactionary to deliberate communication, to ask generative questions, to flip conversations to the positive opposite, and to give effective feedback.

The Results

The focus of these sessions is on how to have productive conversations while strengthening relationships and generating possibilities for a future that helps everyone succeed. Give your employees the tools to be able to communicate more productively and positively. Research shows that creating a climate of positivity and openness supports engagement, performance, employee and customer satisfaction, retention and trust. ThIS bootcamp IS developed by the authors of “Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement” – Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres.

Conversations Worth Having Bootcamp 1: How to Have Appreciative Conversations at Work – one full-day in-person session with your team or four 1.5 seminars/webinars.


Conversation Bootcamp 1: Conversations Worth Having (How to Have Appreciative Conversations at Work) – starting November 21st for 4 weeks online.


Conversations Worth Having Bootcamp 2: How to Have Strategic Conversations at Work – one full-day in-person session with your team or four 1.5 seminars/webinars. COMING IN JANUARY, 2020



8 Weeks To A Better Place To Work

In this course you will be engaged in personal, team and organizational practices to transform your work culture. Using her book, “A Better Place To Work: Daily Practices That Transform Culture”- a synthesis of advice from business and organizational health experts – as a guide, Deborah will share the research behind over 50 daily practices that support creativity, innovation and proactivity at work, with an emphasis on learning to tailor these practices to your unique workplace. Leave inspired to overcome negativity at work and create teams and organizations where people can flourish!

My next offering of this course will be in the spring, 2020. Please sign up for my newsletter to be notified of this and other courses I will be offering or contact us now at contact@deborahconnors.com to be added to the waiting list.)

Here’s what people have to say:


“This course was a great investment. We were supported to implement practical ideas that were easy to try out and made a positive difference.”
Terri Davison, EPCOR



“There are so many easy and applicable tools and daily practices I have learned from this course to improve positivity, teamwork and culture that I wish I knew when we started our business!”
Dr. Kristen Butler, Co-Owner, Island Optimal Health & Performance




“This course was packed with excellent insights and practices that can be implemented easily in your work, and will make a meaningful difference in productivity and purpose.”
Jacque Hoyt, Consultant


Speaking Events

Next up?

March 20/19
College of Alberta School Superintendents Conference 2019, Edmonton, Alberta
April 5/19
Island Optimal Health & Performance Retreat, Nanaimo, British Columbia
April 11/19
8-Weeks To A Better Place To Work online course starts – More Info and Register Here
April 16/19
Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association Convention & Trade Show, Banff, Alberta
May 10/19
Campbell River School District Retreat, Parksville, BC
May 13/19
Worksafe BC
May 30/19
Continuing Education and Training Association of BC Conference, Kamloops, BC
June, 2019
Conversations Worth Having Bootcamp 1 Pilot
July, 2019
Conversations Worth Having Bootcamp 2 Pilot
September 23/19
Cowichan Valley School District Professional Day


If you’re interested in booking Deb to speak while she is in your city, please reach out to us here: contact@deborahconnors.com


5 Small Practices To Make Your Great Team Even Better

Deb has presented this session in a few cities now, focusing on:

  • How gratitude affects your daily team interactions
  • How to inspire with transformational questions
  • An effective way to deal with team conflict
  • How to flip conversations to the positive opposite
  • Stories of sustainable positive change in organizations


Are you interested in sponsoring a session in your city?

Contact us at contact@deborahconnors.com now for more information or to book.
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