February meetup: The power of effective listening
Poor listening costs everyone, whether in your personal interactions at home or at work. Everyone wants to be heard first which makes listening hard.
In this session Emma will be exploring how to listen effectively and provide you with a toolkit of listening skills to use in all aspects of life – both work and personal life. We will cover the importance of empathic communication and earn how to see the world as others see it and why this is important. Emma will explain why sympathy is not enough when it comes to listening well.
When you listen actively, you can pick out certain “trigger words” which may indicate when people need additional support and you can then point them towards sources of help. Understand your own limits as a listener is important as well as self care when listening to something challenging.
The session will be highly interactive with discussions led by Emma but there will also be lots of smaller group discussions and activities.
6.30-7pm: Arrive and meet other attendees and members of the Ethical Reading team
7-7.05pm: Welcome and introduction
7.30-8.20pm: Discussion in breakout groups with feedback
8.20-8.30pm: Wrap-up and mentions of relevant upcoming events etc*
8.30-9.00pm: For those who wish, retire to the bar to continue the conversation
* Please let us know in advance if you would like to mention something
About the speaker - Emma Campolucci
Emma Campolucci is a trainer for Thrive and Seek, a qualified counsellor and lecturer for a variety of counselling courses (level 2, 3 and 4) and designer of wellbeing courses for Bracknell and Wokingham college. She is a passionate people person who has devoted the last decade to learning ways to support people grow and develop. Emma completed a psychology degree with the Open University whilst her children were small and then began a 4 year journey to become a qualified counsellor. In 2013 she joined Reading Samaritans and became a trainer, both designing and delivering courses. She loves training! Watching people have lightbulb moments where they learned about themselves and others really inspired her so much so that she decided to undertake a teaching qualification to teach adult learners. Initially Emma taught the Level 2 Counselling Skills course for Bracknell and Wokingham College but then an opportunity arose with the Wellbeing in Mind Community programme.
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