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Communitech Academy: Crucial Conversations - Spring 2022

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When stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions run strong. Learn to foster open dialogue and create alignment throughout your organization

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Whenever you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, it’s likely a crucial conversation is keeping you stuck. Whether it’s a problem with poor quality, slow time-to-market, declining customer satisfaction, or a strained relationship – whatever the issue – if you can’t talk honestly with nearly anybody about almost anything, you can expect poor results.

Crucial conversations are defined as a discussion between people where the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions run strong.

Crucial Conversations® for Mastering Dialogue teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics – at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

Crucial Conversations® for Mastering Dialogue combines engaging self-paced online learning with five sessions of live instruction - delivered virtually - with a facilitator.

This program is best for*:

  • People Managers
  • Technical Leads
  • Project Managers
  • Anyone who works with cross-disciplinary teams

*If you are unsure if Crucial Conversations is right for you, please reach out to us at academy@communitech.ca and we'll help guide your decision prior to registration. We reserve the right to assess program fit and refund your registration fee if required (less Eventbrite's fee, as it is nonrefundable and won't be included in refunds).

What you’ll learn:

By the end of this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Speak persuasively, not abrasively.
  • Foster teamwork and better decision making.
  • Build acceptance rather than resistance.
  • Resolve individual and group disagreements.

Program Details

This program includes both self-paced online learning and instructor-led virtual sessions. All five of the one-hour sessions that that make up this program take place on the following days:

  • Friday, April 22, 2022
  • Friday, April 29, 2022
  • Friday, May 6, 2022
  • Friday, May 13, 2022
  • Friday, May 20, 2022

All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom* from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET.

*You’ll receive calendar invites for each session from academy@communitech.ca once your registration has been reviewed, which will include virtual meeting details.

How big is the program?

Maximum of 18 participants and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To encourage diversity of thought, we limit the number of participants from any one organization to six.

If you would like more people from your organization to benefit from this program, let us know and we can talk about a potential team session.

Registration fees:

  • Communitech member: employees of startup and scale-up companies: $975
  • Communitech member: employees of enterprise and associate companies: $1,220

Please register with your business email address as this is used to validate Communitech membership.

Facilitated by:

Jennifer Porritt

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Questions? For more information contact the Communitech Academy: academy@communitech.ca.

Cancellation policy: 14 days notice is required to obtain a partial refund of the registration fee as Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable and won't be included in refunds (Friday, April 8, 2022, by 5:00 pm ET).


Please be advised that our Communitech virtual sessions will be recorded for:

  • Use by the Communitech Academy team to review virtual delivery procedures in support of our commitment to provide an outstanding program experience.
  • Limited-time review by program participants when extenuating circumstances prevent a participant from attending a session.

Virtual recordings of instructor-led sessions are not a substitute for attending the session. By attending this program, you consent to be recorded.

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Communitech was founded in 1997 by a group of entrepreneurs committed to making Waterloo Region a global innovation leader. At the time it was crazy talk, but somehow this community managed to pull it off. Today, Communitech is a movement of more than 1,400 companies – from startups to scale-ups to large global players. 

Communitech helps tech companies start, grow and succeed in three distinct ways.
1. Communitech is a place – the center of gravity for entrepreneurs and innovators. A clubhouse for building cool shit and great companies.
2. Communitech delivers programs – helping companies at all stages with access to capital, customers and talent. We are here to help them grow and innovate.
3. Communitech partners in building a world-leading ecosystem – making sure we have all the ingredients (and the brand) to go from a small startup to a global giant.  

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