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Conversations Worth Having: The Key to Positivity with Dr. Jackie Stavros and Dr. Cheri Torres

  • 03 Apr 2019
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar: The link to join will be sent to those that register


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Conversations Worth Having: The Key to Positivity 

Dr. Jackie Stavros and Dr. Cheri Torres

Conversation is a crucial part of everything we do. It influences our well-being--a good conversation can leave us ready for anything, a bad one can ruin our whole day. But most of us are unaware of the nature of our conversations, let alone how to make them consistently affirming and empowering.

Conversation is at the heart of how we interact and it is pervasive. We are almost always in dialogue with ourselves or others. It's essential to everything we do, yet most of us don't realize how much it influences well-being. Just like the water in which fish swim, if conversations are toxic, the health of individuals and organizations suffer. The good news: two simple Appreciative Inquiry practices —positive framing and generative questions--can ensure we have conversations that support positivity and well-being. When conversations are fueled in this way, any conversation can become a conversation worth having, no matter how big or complex the challenge.

This webinar will show you how to foster poster positive change and to dramatically improve the outcomes of your conversations.


Dr. Jackie Stavros

Dr. Cheri Torres

Drs. Stavros and Torres are authors of Berrett Koehler's bestselling book, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement. The Preface and Introduction, by David Cooperider, along with their Conversation Toolkit, can be downloaded free at www.conversationsworthhaving.today.

Dr. Jackie Stavros is a professor at Lawrence Technological University (LTU). Her passion is working with others to bring AI into their daily conversations and meetings to create productive and meaningful results. She is recognized for her creation of SOAR, a positive approach to strategic thinking, planning, and leading (www.soar-strategy.com). She works with organizations in leadership development, team-building, and strategic planning. She has worked in over 25 countries using AI to affect the lives of thousands of people and their organizations improve capacity to thrive and increase performance.

Dr. Cheri Torres is a Lead Catalyst at Collaborative by Design and guest lecturer at Lenoir Rhyne University. The foundation of Cheri's work is Appreciative Inquiry, one of the most widely used approaches for systems change. She offers workshops and courses on communication and facilitative leadership, grounding her material in the research on neuro- and positive psychology. Working with her, leaders learn to engage members of their organization in ways that deepen connection and well-being, enhance creativity and innovation, build shared ownership in outcomes, improve productivity, and generate individual and organizational success.

Registration is free for Supporting and Lifetime members of the MAPP Alumni Association.  

Registration for Basic members costs $20.  Want to get this webinar for free? If you are a Penn MAPP graduate, you can pay the $49.95 dues now to become a supporting member. You'll get free registration for this webinar and for other continuing education webinars coming up in the next 12 months.


Registration for the general public costs $25.

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