Did you miss the first two sets of Considered Conversations for Community in Atherton in October and November?
Not to worry, the entertaining and educational series teaching us how to become better communicators for better relationships in community/business/family will be back on the Tablelands with another public workshop from 1.30 – 4.30 pm on Saturday afternoon, 16 February.
Considered Conversations is the brainchild of a very brainy and somewhat eccentric scientist who has determined that whole communities can experience new levels of harmony and productivity if each individual learns a few rather unusual methods for improving communications.
Allan Parker is a micro-behavioural scientist and inventor of an amazing program for improving organisations and communities through teaching changes in micro-behaviours. His new focus is improving communication and social cohesion in community—and he has picked our community for his first research project working with an entire community. What luck that we have been chosen for this unique research project!
And what, you might well ask, is a micro-behaviour? In Mr Parker’s words; “Micro behaviours are the “little things’ we do (or don’t do), that either irritate or delight us. Like putting things back where they belong, saying ‘sorry’, or ‘Yes, please?’, or ‘May I interrupt’ rather than cutting you off mid-sentence. Asking a clarifying question, before you jump in with an enthusiasm dampening ‘Yes, but…’!”
These seemingly little things have big impacts and flow on effects.
Micro Behavioural Scientists study a large range of Micro behaviours in different settings to work out how to solve with very simple means some problems varying from the hugely complex to the unfortunately messy.
What do some of Mr Parker’s Tablelands students say? Christine Doan, who worked with the committee to bring Peak Performance to the area in her role as President of the Atherton Tableland Chamber of Commerce (ATCC), reports the following: “Allan is totally entertaining and absolutely brilliant! I had fun and was educated during every session I attended! How good is that?”
Interestingly, this opportunity began at Atherton State High School (ASHS) when Peak Performance was recognised as a resource needed on the Tablelands by Principal Tony Whybird.
Mr Whybird states, “ASHS has profited incredibly by working with Allan, we use him to assist us in enhancing relationships between students, staff and parents. I am confident that by using the skills taught by Allan, our entire community will have more respectful and considered conversations leading to an improvement in the way we interact with each other.”