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Communication Matters: Building Effective Relationships

Sharing what matters to you—and responding to what matters to others—can help build rapport and deepen relationships, both professional and personal.

In this highly interactive, three-session workshop, you will increase awareness of your communication habits and learn new communication skills to help you build relationships that better meet your goals and needs.

Learning Objectives

By participating fully, you will:

  • understand how self-awareness in the moment supports deeper interactions
  • discover your patterns of sharing or responding to others
  • learn approaches for initiating deeper exchanges
  • see how to listen and respond more fully

Program Description

Recent research by Amy Edmonson at Google identifies psychological safety as the top trait of successful teams. She defines this as a shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk-taking. This workshop will examine some of the ways in which this can be created through choices about what to say and how to respond. These approaches are at the heart of establishing trust and developing relationships, both of which can drive professional effectiveness and personal satisfaction.

Some of the questions we will address in this workshop include:

  • Have you found yourself in conversations that fail to energize you?
  • Do you get the sense you miss opportunities to connect with others?
  • Are you able to build rapport quickly? Deepen relationships?
  • Do you struggle with being more fully open in your responses to others?


Open and relevant to graduate students at any stage in any discipline or degree. Space is limited. Due to the workshop's interactive format, full participation in all three sessions is required.

If you are accepted to this workshop you must confirm your place by submitting a Student Participation Fee Agreement, which authorizes VPGE to charge $50 to your Stanford bill – only if you do not fully participate in the event. You will receive a link to the Agreement and instructions if you are offered a place.

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Registration Process

Communication Matters will take place on the following three Mondays: April 30, May 7, & May 14 from 4:30-7:00 PM. Due to the workshop's interactive format, full participation in all three sessions is required.

Application deadline is 11:55 PM; Sunday, April 22, 2018.

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Lecturer in Management
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Upcoming Events in this Program

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April 30, 2018 - 4:30pm
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May 7, 2018 - 4:30pm
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May 14, 2018 - 4:30pm

Past Events in this Program

May 9, 2017 - 4:30pm
May 2, 2017 - 4:30pm
April 25, 2017 - 4:30pm