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How to ask for help (plus practical listening techniques)

Feb 23, 2015 · London, United Kingdom

Your work involves collaborating with people from different disciplines and backgrounds. You can’t make others take part—they’ll only choose to if it meets their needs. To understand those needs you can learn to use facilitation, coaching, and listening techniques. Practising these techniques will enable more trust and harmony in your work. 

Come to this meetup if you want to: 

•  learn techniques to inspire people to work with you (including facilitation, coaching, and listening)

• reflect on how to apply these techniques to your work

• connect with other people who want to inspire teamwork

At the meetup you’ll hear a case study about how to ask for help. You’ll also take part in an informal workshop about facilitation and listening techniques.

Rhiannan Walton: How to ask for help

I’m a speech and language therapist and I also organise the professional meetup group Therapy Ideas Live. In 2014 I became frustrated with running the meetup—it seemed like I was doing all the work and nobody was helping me. Although I wanted help, I wasn’t delegating, and I was scared to ask. I realised that I couldn’t keep running the event on my own. Before I could ask for help, I needed to reflect on what I wanted. Once I figured that out, asking for help was straightforward. And it worked! People offered venues, support, and ideas. Now other people are helping, I find organising the event energising rather than draining.

In this session you’ll:

• hear a case study about the challenges and opportunities of asking people for help

• learn how to spot a situation where you can’t go it alone 

• learn how to reflect on what you need so that you can ask for help in a way that people will respond to

Rhiannan Walton is a speech and language therapist. She organises Therapy Ideas Live and co-organises #dareconf and the Together London Meetup.

Jonathan Kahn: practical listening techniques

Even if you could magically become the boss of everyone you need to work with, the most you could expect from exerting authority over them is compliance. You need trust and cooperation, which only happen when each person chooses to take part. In this session you’ll learn practical techniques to inspire people to work with you because they want to.

Jonathan organises #dareconf—the people skills conference, and the London Agile Content Meetup.


•  6:00pm Arrive promptly to celebrate our first meetup with a complimentary glass of bubbly (and order food)

• 6:30pm Welcome activity 

• 6:45pm Rhiannan Walton: How to ask for help (case study) 

• 7:15pm Break (order food, get a drink) 

• 7:45pm Jonathan Kahn: practical listening techniques (informal workshop)

• 8:30pm Closing activity

• 8:45pm Informal networking and drinks. Stay around! 

9:30pm Event ends 

Our venue: The Book Club

We’re excited to host the Together London Meetup in the basement of The Book Club in Shoreditch.

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