"Best workshop on active listening I’ve ever attended--and I’m 62 years old and have attended plenty of similar workshops over the years. Extraordinary facilitation."
About Pippi's Workshops
All of Pippi's workshops include a mix of skill-building presentations, small group practice sessions, interactive discussions and exercises, and individual and paired self-reflection activities. Contact Pippi about custom workshops and facilitation services .
Sample Workshop Topics
Active Listening Strategies Active Listening is a set of powerful strategies that communicate to others that they are visible to you. Whether we’re with coworkers or clients, we need strategies to infuse our values into our daily interactions. How can we actively communicate abstract ideas like “respect” or “openness”? At this workshop, you'll learn concrete verbal and non-verbal techniques that work immediately to address power differentials within groups and improve one-on-one communication. You’ll learn how to improve your effectiveness by communicating to others that you value them as human beings, a central task of building strong relationships, powerful collaborations, and equitable communities.
Group Decision-Making and Group Dynamics At this session, participants will learn a set of group dynamics theories and practices that can help them manage group conflict and lead a team to make values-based decisions. We’ll cover tools for speaking based on principles, rather than preferences, a framework for how to choose which method to use to make decisions, and how to help groups trust your leadership in uncertain times.
Tools for Talking About Power and Identity At this session, participants will learn foundational tools and vocabulary that helps groups talk skillfully about concepts such as power and identity. We'll examine how to see and describe a range of dynamics, and will apply the core concepts that allow us to discuss complex ideas with a shared knowledge base.
Ethical Discipline Discipline can be one of the most challenging parts of working with young people! When we interact with kids, we can't avoid our obligation to make boundaries for them, but, at this workshop, you'll learn ways to make the experience easier, less stressful, and less antagonistic. You'll learn a framework for making decisions about how to match your boundaries to the situation at hand, and how to communicate your approach to the other adults you work with. The session will also focus on how to modify behavior and net limits using techniques that encourage self -moderation and cooperation between adults and young people.
Theories of Change When we see problems in our world, it can be difficult to know how to make change. At this workshop, participants will learn a framework for categorizing strategies for making change, and will consider their own preferences, skills, and roles in taking action.
Adult Boundaries As adults, how do we figure out which behaviors are appropriate and which are inappropriate? Beyond legal requirements, what should the “rules” be for adult behavior in our organizations? In this workshop, participants will learn theoretical frameworks for discerning the “bottom line” for adult behavior in the areas of emotional boundaries, self-disclosure, and interpersonal interactions between adults and young people. Participants will have the opportunity to apply these theories to boundary formation in their own organizations and contexts.
Adults & Kids: Reflecting on Your Own Story For some of us, working with young people, whether as a parent, educator, or caretaker, might be the first time we’ve revisited that phase of life since our own childhoods. When we are unaware of how our own childhood experiences shape our perceptions of working with children, we can be controlled by our past and blocked from using our past as a resource. In this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to attend to your own experiences at the age of the young people you now work with, and to consider how your current role as an adult can draw on your childhood insights.