October 2019

Designing Effective Conversations

Status: This seminar has been cancelled due to low registration.
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM-9:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast
9:30 AM-11:30 AM: Designing Effective Conversation
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Christopher Bowers, Executive Director
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Credit: 2 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $169.00 + GST = $177.45 until Sept 24, 2019

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $199.00 + GST = $208.95

Non-Member Price: $199.00 + GST = $208.95

Student Member Price: $99.50 + GST = $104.48
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by September 24, 2019 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Tasha Booth | Professional Development Coordinator
Direct: 604.558.6653
Toll Free: 1.888.430.8035 ext.6653
Email: [email protected]
If you are an engineer, you often speak with clients and colleagues. These days tech-based communication and face-to-face conversation has been hijacked, and the impact has been wide-ranging on a personal, business, and societal basis.

There is a growing trend of social isolation and loneliness. The UK has established a Ministry of Loneliness. City officials talk of civic disengagement. Universities are alarmed at the isolation on campus. Engineers are highly educated in technical matters, but the course of study includes little formal emphasis on mastering social exchanges and conversation.

An engineer at Apple wrote, 'This results in a number of pitfalls’. Chief among these pitfalls is engineers tend to focus on technical details and therefore lose the attention of the listener. Engineers assume the person they are having conversations with have the same knowledge.

This seminar will introduce and practice approaches that will give you a decided advantage, and a comfort level when talking to anyone, in any setting. It will increase performance at work, lessen stress, improve mental health, add to personal satisfaction and happiness at work and beyond. Additionally, it will help with talent retention.

This course will help you make conversations real, effective, comfortable, rewarding, and memorable for all concerned. Even more so if you initiate them. In this 2 hour, active, hands-on course you will learn, practice, and begin your mastery of these skills supported by our comprehensive guide book - Hi! Conversation Changes Lives.

Learning Outcomes

  • What makes a good question and how to ask them?
  • How to begin, set up, navigate, and end a conversation in a wide range of settings.
  • How to keep conversations short but make it big.
  • How to get past conversation obstacles.
  • The power, place and impact of focus, empathy and listening.
  • Introduction to our core tools which are always there to support and encourage your growth in this pursuit.

Target Audience

Everyone can benefit, from the introverted to the gregarious, from new staff to management. Support staff who play such an essential role with teams and office settings will find this invaluable.


Christopher Bowers, teacher, author, speaker, facilitator has been actively involved with community building, first with technology in schools in the 1980s to the present where, and principal at ConversationWorks, he creates in-person and on-site communication, thinking, and conversation tools. He won a major teaching award, a Marshal McLuhan Distinguished Teacher Award for integrating technology across the curriculum. Christopher also coordinates Green Drinks Victoria, a network that supports sustainable business, and community development, in addition to the monthly Green Drinks mixer at The Drake Eatery in Victoria. He has presented in many local organizations (Rotary, UVic, RRU), as well as IdeaWave, TEDx Victoria and Google (Mountain View).

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