Centre for Continuing Education

The Art of Good Conversation Course

Sociology courses in Sydney. Open to everyone.

Learn about social behaviour the smart way with Sociology courses in Sydney at the University of Sydney.

Our lives are shaped by the conversations we have: every one of them can open up new possibilities and further horizons. In this course you’ll find out how to start a conversation and how to make it enjoyable and rewarding. We’ll explore and practise these skills and find out how to have conversations that broaden our curiosity and deepen our relationships. This engaging course combines theory and practical exercises and is must for those yearning for more than just small talk!

Course Content

This conversation course covers the following topics:

Meeting 1

  • Our lives are made by the conversations we have.
  • Conversation and happiness.
  • How conversation can change your life.
  • Conversational sins.
  • Conversational virtues.
  • What we talk about has much to do with where we place our attention.

Meeting 2

  • Relaxation.
  • Listening.
  • Sharing and self-disclosure.
  • Open-ended questions.
  • Asking the second question.
  • Enjoying difference.
  • Relating from your vulnerability.

Meeting 3

  • Rhythm.
  • Tone.
  • Conversation in groups.
  • Conversation as exploration.
  • Our models of conversation.
  • Agenda.
  • Humour.
  • Finding positive meanings and benefits in your daily experiences.

Meeting 4

  • Getting in touch with your feelings.
  • Humour (continued).
  • Small talk and how to start a conversation.
  • Your body language speaks before you do.
  • Take the risk to be the first to say hello.
  • Response.
  • Good humour.
  • Seek conversations with a wider group than your peers.

Meeting 5

  • Good humour.
  • Encouragement, reframing and perception switching.
  • Enlargers and diminishers of life.
  • Receiving a compliment.
  • Negative capability-suspending judgment.
  • Existentialism.
  • In conversation we are constructing ourselves.
  • Remaining eager to enlarge the possibilities of life.

Intended Audience

The Art of Good Conversation training course is suitable for those who are proficient in english and are looking to develop their conversational skills. This training course is not designed to assist non-native speakers develop their english speaking skills.

Delivery Style

This training course is delivered as an interactive workshop which involves group activities which are designed to develop your skills associated with having good conversations.

Courses in Sydney. Open to the public.

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Free, expert advice
  • Small class sizes
  • Course notes – yours to keep
  • Certificate of completion

What others say about this course.

  • It’s a great short course to help you understand the importance of conversation and how it relates to our feelings. Good content and presentation.

  • This course was either going to be great or a flop. I’m glad to say it was an absolute winner! I’d like to thank our lovely lecturer. I enjoyed this short course immensely. The tutor has such a lovely way of explaining life and he really facilitated us all to work through the idea of conversations and how they play such a big part in our lives. I’ve left this course after just 4 weeks a more confident person.

  • I didn’t want this course to end!

  • The course was really helpful and the tutor had a lovely manner about them – I thought it very worthwhile.