Conversation Bootcamp – Two 2.5-Hour Virtual Sessions

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October 4, 2022 at 9:00 am to October 6, 2022 at 11:30 am EDT - Virtual Event




October 4, 2022
6am-8:30am PDT / 9am-11:30am EDT

October 6, 2022
6am-8:30am PDT / 9am-11:30am EDT

Please note: ALL virtual sessions will be recorded and saved for participants who are unable to attend a scheduled webinar. Links to the recordings will be provided so that participants can view/listen to the recording at a time that works best for them.


Conversations are at the heart of everything we do. They are key to effective communications, leadership, high performing teams, and strong relationships. We all know that they influence us, but we rarely stop to think about how much they affect our well-being and others as well as the health of our organizations and communities. Our conversations directly influence our present moment and possible futures. Are you engaging in Conversations Worth Having?

Communication. It remains the top issue for organizations, teams, and relationships. Almost everyone struggles with how to effectively communicate when they are frustrated or facing conflict. The effects of poor communication are costly. They show up in organizations as:

  • Employee disengagement, malaise, and turnover;
  • Dysfunctional teams;
  • Poor performance;
  • Inability to give and receive critical feedback; and
  • Negative attitudes, cliques, and gossip: a culture of “me”.

If you’re dealing with any of these outcomes, the Conversations Worth Having Bootcamp will give you the skills and tools to turn them around. This program is grounded in Appreciative Inquiry, one of the most widely used positive change approaches. Two simple Appreciative Inquiry practices can turn your entire culture around, creating a culture of conversations worth having.

Following this workshop, you will have tools to establish communication practices that will support productivity, engagement, high performance teams, regular feedback, positivity, and a culture of “we.”


You will walk away prepared to:

  • Keep your cool when you want to explode!
  • Effectively challenge assumptions and preconceptions, including yours.
  • Deal with conflict quickly and effectively.
  • Fuel productive and meaningful engagement.
  • Communicate successfully with people who hold negative attitudes or defensive positions.
  • Give and receive critical feedback in ways that promote learning and high performance.
  • Ask the kind of questions that deepen understanding, strengthen connections, and inspire possibility.
  • Talk with colleagues in ways that invite them to collaborate on projects and strategic outcomes.
  • Listen with genuine curiosity.
  • Frame any conversation, even one around a highly complex problem, to inspire creative and innovative thinking and solutions.

Course Modules:


PURPOSE: Understand the nature of our conversations, how they affect human being and doing, and enhance your ability to choose conversations worth having.


  • Understand the neuroscience of conversation.
  • Experiences the power of conversation.
  • Practice priming the body-mindset for conversations worth having.

PURPOSE: Understand the nature of our conversations, the basics of Appreciative Inquiry, and improve your ability to ask generative questions to foster effective communication.


  • Experience the nature of our conversations and the effect on you and others.
  • Recognize a generative question and how it influences possibility.
  • Use generative questions to shift the dynamics of personal and workplace communication problems.

PURPOSE: Intentionally foster effective communication using positive framing and continue to develop your ability to ask generative questions.


  • Experience flipping negative conversations to conversations worth having.
  • Use flipping to frame problems and issues.
  • Develop generative questions to fuel productive and meaningful engagement around workplace challenges.

PURPOSE: Develop a growth mindset and understand and apply the two AI practices to give and receive feedback and feedforward.


  • Adopt a growth mindset to support openness and interest in regular feedback.
  • Understand the difference between feedback and feedforward.
  • Practice giving and receiving feedforward.

Method of Delivery:

These live events will be delivered and recorded using Zoom. You can participate in these live events using any device: computer, tablet, or mobile. Please participate using the dial-in method you feel most comfortable with. You will receive the meeting login information from your trainers in two separate emails. First email will be sent two weeks prior to the event; the second to be sent the day before the bootcamp.

Conversations Worth Having (CWH) Bootcamps are Co-Sponsored by:





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Registration Includes

Registration includes:

  • Two 2.5-hour webinars, plus applied learning and practice.
  • Access to recorded webinar sessions (should you miss a session or wish to revisit content covered).
  • Participant Handbook. One week prior to the training, your trainers will email you an electronic version of the handbooks so that you can begin to skim the materials prior to the training.
  • Though not necessary, based on feedback from previous participants, we recommend you read Conversations Worth Having and Learning to SOAR before attending the webinar session.

AI Practitioners

Jackie Stavros’ passion is working with others to discover their strengths, identify opportunities and create a plan with meaningful results for positive change! She is internationally recognized for her creation of SOAR, a positive approach to strategic thinking, planning, and leading that focuses on strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results in strategic conversations. The heart of her work is using Appreciative Inquiry (AI), one of the most popular approaches to positive change – that is bringing out the best in people, their organizations, and communities to fuel conversations worth having that produce meaningful engagement and results. She has presented her research and work in over 25 countries.

Jackie has been integrating strengths-based, whole system practices into her research, teaching, training, coaching, and consulting work to strengthen relationships, impact performance, and create positive change. She works with organizations in leadership development, team-building, and strategic planning. She helps organizations identify and articulate their values, vision, mission, strategy, and strategic initiatives and build collaborative teams and communities for results-oriented action. She has worked across all sectors including for-profit, non-profit, government, and a wide spectrum of industries. Learn More>

Cheri Torres understands that relational dynamics inform any group or organization endeavor; therefore, she works with leaders and teams to co-create positive, strength-based relationships capable of achieving extraordinary outcomes. She emphasizes excellence and success as an evolving target that is best achieved through continuous appreciation and inquiry. Working with Cheri means learning to use a simple set of tools and practices that generate human connection, positive relational dynamics, broad-based inclusion, creativity, collaborative action, and collective impact.

Cheri also partners with communities and organizations for whole systems change and strategic planning, bringing all stakeholders together for planning, design and collaborative action.  She has worked across all sectors: education, social profit/NGOs, government and corporate, supporting their capacity for learning and innovation, shared leadership, teamwork and collaboration. She has trained thousands of trainers and teachers in the use and practice of Experiential Learning, Appreciative Inquiry and other strength-based practices with a particular focus on leadership development, teamwork, creativity, and collaboration. In addition to North America, she has worked in Mexico, South America, Europe and India. Learn More>

Event Cost


  • Early bird discount: $395.00 USD (discount ends September 20, 2022)
  • Regular price: $495.00 USD


  • Early bird discount: $395.00 USD (discount ends September 27, 2022)
  • Regular price: $495.00 USD

BOTH BOOTCAMPS (save when you enroll in both)

  • Early bird discount: $720.00 USD (discount ends September 20, 2022)
  • Regular price: $895.00 USD

Please note: ALL virtual sessions will be recorded and saved for participants who are unable to attend a scheduled webinar. Links to the recordings will be provided so that participants can view/listen to the recording at a time that works best for them.


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