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Creating Empathy through Conversation
In-Person Tuesday 06/13/2023 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM   Add to calendar
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral) | Intended Audience: Mid-Level
Workplace Application:
Attendees will learn how to talk to anyone no matter what background using the FORD (family, occupation, recreation, dreams) framework of conversation. 


Have you ever felt lonely? Like you struggled to connect with colleagues? Like you didn't know how to approach networking?  Human connection can help you feel like you belong, it can increase your sense of perspective and it can open the doors to opportunities you never would have imagined!  In this session, you'll learn from Rob Lawless, a man on a mission to spend 1 hour, 1:1, with 10,000 different people. You'll hear how he's run into his new friends in places far away from where he's met them, what he's learned from meeting the victim of a mass shooting and how he ended up flying in a plane that the pilot had built himself.  Furthermore, you'll practice connecting with each other using the FORD framework (family, occupation, recreation, dreams) in 1:1 breakouts! You'll learn the importance of goal setting in intentional connection, and afterwards will feel confident in unlocking the true potential of conversation!

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the 3 levels of value of human connection (sense of belonging, perspective, future opportunities).
  • Utilize the FORD framework in getting to know new people.
  • Incorporate goal setting & reflection to achieve intentional human connection.

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