"Know Thy Communication Style"
Using Smart Conversations® to speak your truth and enhance all of your relationships

A PublicForum Webinar

Tuesday, 26 July 2011, 12:00 Eastern (New York) / 16:00 GMT
(60 minute webinar with optional 30 minute Q&A)

Free* for Circle Club members
$20* USD for nonmembers
*Add $12 for telephone audio (no charge for computer audio)

Registrants receive access to the session recording (a $20 value) and the program slide deck.

Do you freeze when you think about talking with an ex-partner? Or your teen?
Is the thought of facilitating a meeting with a combative audience paralyzing?
Does your boss’s mere presence cause you to shut down at the prospect of a difficult conversation?
Do you often feel defensive when someone challenges your point of view?

Relationships are essential to the quality of our work life, our home life, and in our community. As individuals seeking self improvement or professional development, or as practitioners of public engagement, we need the skills to deal with people on the small, everyday matters as well as the elephants in the room. But how?

What kind of dialogue do you find most challenging?
    • Colleagues at work    
    • Family    
    • Community members    

SMART Conversations® is a conversation style characterized by four core conditions:

  • SM - Shared Meaning – Are we talking about the same thing?
  • Authenticity – Are we being "real" with each other?
  • Respect – Can we respect all perspectives?
  • Trust – Are we able to trust that everyone has good intentions?

When these conditions are present, you'll be able to listen to the perspectives of others, express your point of view, build better relationships, and learn from others.

Dialogue is a foundational skill that can transform your conversations and give you the tools to communicate with authenticity, respect, and trust. In this webinar, you'll gain exposure to action dialogue and learn what it is, what it isn't, and how it can help you in your personal and professional life. Whether you wish to learn a new skill to communicate with your teenager more productively, engage a group of stakeholders around an initiative, or hold more effective public engagement meetings, SMART Conversations® is a particular brand of dialogue that will bring your effectiveness to a new level.

In this webinar, you'll also be introduced to the Belief Map, a valuable tool that challenges your filter and helps you question your negative beliefs to shift to a place of curiousity and dialogue.

About Our Presenters

Paul Weisman, SMART Conversations®

Paul is a trainer, coach, and management consultant with strong education and business credentials in each practice area. In addition to being a certified trainer, facilitator, and coach, Paul is also a professional engineer and business leader with two degrees in Civil Engineering (University of Massachusetts and University of Michigan) and 34 years of consulting engineering experience in private practice. He has an extensive background developing, leading and managing major projects, teams, and business startups; strategic and business planning and business development; and corporate and operational management.

Michele Simos, SMART Conversations® and Simos Consulting

Dedicated to helping clients reach their greatest potential as communicators, Michele loves being in the classroom teaching business writing, marketing communications, and presentation skills as well as designing custom performance improvement programs. A certified SMART Conversations® trainer, Michele has developed high impact communications training programs for numerous organizations including Turner Broadcasting Inc., EMC, Rohm & Haas, and PerkinElmer. Before founding Simos Consulting Inc., Michele served as manager of proposal development and marketing communications at Ernst & Young, Boston. She has also consulted for The Forum Corporation, an international training development company

Michele holds an M.A. degree in Professional Writing and Publishing from Emerson College and an undergraduate degree in Journalism/Public Relations.


Registration for this webinar is closed.