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Effective Communications

Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills share the time equally.

  • Reading for information, for inference, for denotation/connotation, and for multiple interpretations
  • Writing skills: basic grammar, sentence construction, clarity, unity and coherence, knowing your audience, reports, letters, memos, minutes, newsletters, short stories. Both hard copy and Internet settings will be explored.
  • Speaking skills include interviewing, phone dialogue, introductions, small talk, negotiating, public speaking, press conferences.
  • Listening skills include empathy, mirroring, reframing, listening for affect, separating factual from emotional content, and “listening” to body language.

Creating TM

Designed by Robert Fritz, this course has been modified by our curriculum team.

  • Participants set aside their normal “historical” and linear thinking, and replace it with a picture of the end results that are achievable and measurable.
  • Secondly, we look at current reality;
  • Thirdly, an emerging action plan. Only then is it possible to:
    • Discern and differentiate between mutually exclusive and contradictory end results, in order to anticipate and prevent future difficulties.

Acorn Theory

Based on the text, The Soul’s Code, by James Hillman.

Explores the signs, hints, and idiosyncrasies of individual “acorns” through the lenses of biography, questionnaires, conversation, mentoring, and archetypes, childhood interactions, favourite imaginary characters, heroes/heroines, favourite gifts both received and withheld, personal writing, letters, favourite pastimes, specific talents and turning points.

Stress and Well-Being

Helps participants integrate specific habits to prevent excess stress, to anticipate predictable stressors and to reduce anxiety.

Topics such as “hot buttons,” toxic people, "rankism", abuse, self-esteem, saying “no,” negotiating options, “time-out,” visualization, self-talk, coping strategies, support systems, personal archetypes, and spirituality will be explored in a safe environment.

(The Acorn Centre facilitators have been trained in group processes, setting boundaries, transference and counter-transference dynamics and separating their own issues from those of the participants.)

Team Building

You will more effectively:

  • Clarify team values and goals
  • Understand different behaviours
  • Develop problem-solving methods
  • Improve decision-making skills
  • Identify and work through differences

How you will benefit:

  • Enhanced productivity
  • Increased involvement
  • Clarified roles and responsibilities


You will more effectively:

  • Create a vision for others to see
  • Improve delegation skills
  • Build/instill trust more easily
  • Improve overall communication

How you will benefit:

  • Increased productivity
  • Energized employees
  • Better adaptability to change

Professional Selling

You will more effectively:

  • Improve prospecting and rapport building
  • Improve ability to determine wants, needs
  • Develop clear and concise presentations
  • Handle stalls and objections
  • Learn how and when to close

How you will benefit:

  • Increased sales
  • More self-confidence
  • Helping others

Project Management

You will more effectively:

  • Plan projects using a clear understandable method
  • Produce a project plan with a high expectation of successful delivery
  • Implement risk management techniques
  • Utilize leadership skills to run a high-morale project

How you will benefit:

  • You will know what has to be done and how to do it
  • You will be able to manage tight budgets/deadlines
  • You will add another skill to your personal inventory


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