What we're about

Let's talk about talking!

Seriously, it's kinda wild that we're living in a world where we're technologically better connected than ever before but people are feeling more isolated than ever before...

This meetup is on a mission to change that!

We're hardwired for connection, and--from what we've learned in the past 7 years of studying, practicing, teaching, and consulting on this topic--enhancing our communication skills is the fastest way to create meaningful change in our lives and the lives of people we meet.

Every 2 weeks, we'll meet and check in if there's anything specific people would like help/practice with as it relates to interpersonal communication or self-talk then we'll try out different conversation exercises that are designed to fine tune and enhance our current skills.

Each meetup will have a specific focus that will be displayed at least 2 weeks in advance, like "Small Talk to Real Talk" or "Be More Charismatic... without All the Effort" or "Verbal Aikido... How to Have Your Voice Heard, Understood, and Respected when in a Disagreement" or "Getting to 'Yes'" or "Storytelling for Teaching, Influence, and Fun" or "Changing Our Self-Talk to Increase Self-Esteem"

Better communication has enhanced all areas of my life (from work to family to dating to friendship to self-esteem), and I have found that a little practice can go a long way, especially with other people who might have different life experiences, belief systems, and skills around this to interact with.

I do not foresee this Meetup actively organizing its own major socials. There are plenty of these groups on Meetup already, and I will post those events when possible since these are great opportunities to practice your skills in the "real world," as well as have opportunities to socialize in general beyond our fun training sessions.

If you or someone you know happens to be expertly skilled in a specific context of communication, please reach out or have them reach out. More talented communicators are welcomed and encouraged to join and participate so the group can have an even greater impact on growth and improvement.

P.S. Lots of exciting, dynamic, tantalizing photos to come as we hold Meetups, so wait for it!

P.P.S. If you are the organizer of a social meetup, feel free to message me. If the meetup seems like a good fit for this group, I would love to promote it here as an additional event for Meetup members to check out.

Upcoming events (5+)

Discover the DNA of Communication... the underlying thread of it all

This is going to be a special event and I believe there is no better place than the Oak Grove picnic area to discuss and explore the topic... I’m about to say something bold and something that I have no idea if anyone else would be interested in… although statistically it's highly likely another soul on this planet would enjoy this topic... I’m geeking out right now because after years in which I was dumbfounded by communication and a shorter (but long-enough) time of seeking to solve the fastest way to help someone understand communication to utilize it every day of my life and in any context… After having the need for effective communication to show up in so many different contexts even with little to no prior experience of the exact scenario (real examples being: writing, rehearsing and delivering a eulogy… OR having a tough conversation about alternative treatments to chemotherapy)... I started to ask, “What the hell am I doing? How do I know this stuff is gonna work for that context? Or with this person? Or to this group of people?” And for a long time, my head has been in a graceful yet spiraling loop as I tried to figure this out… Then yesterday happened… I figured it out… At least I think I have… And this is going to sound bold… even bolder since I haven’t ever seen this written in a book, presented on a stage, shared in a video… or anywhere else... BUT I believe I’ve uncovered the single thread that absolutely must be present in every single communication strategy that exists for the communication to be effective… Whether an email, conversation, story, speech, essay, negotiation, sales call, wedding party toast, text message, design of a dating profile or any form of expression that involves sending the ideas that are in your head to another person (or to yourself for some incredible self-therapy)... There appears to be a common thread to how all communication should be structured to give you the greatest odds of your message being received and understood as you hoped it would be. I’m calling this, “The DNA of Communication” And this is a theory… while I don’t know if it can ever be “proved” anything more than a theory, I believe that those who understand this can then become incredibly effective communicators if they accept that this DNA should be at the heart and center of every speech they prepare for, conversation they have, and meeting they walk into. So what I’d like to share at this meetup is this DNA and we’ll start talking about how it would apply to different situations you have going on in your life. You will walk away from this Meetup knowing the DNA of Communication and will get to step into your upcoming talks with this framework to refer to so you can speak more confidently, have a better understanding of why things aren’t working, and know what to tweak when needed. This meetup is designed to present a new idea and I’ll do my best to come up with exercises related to it. Most likely these exercises will be around spotting the DNA in different situations… and--possibly even more importantly--rehearsing how to get things back on track when a conversation/talk/meeting seems to be going off course by checking what is out of alignment. This meetup will be in the lovely Oak Grove in Austin’s Botanical Garden in Zilker park. The meetup is free but you will have to pay $2-4 for entrance to the Garden which also covers the cost of parking. I look forward to seeing you all there and if weather becomes an issue for any reason, I’ll announce an alternate location near Zilker.

[Warning Weird] How to Short Circuit your Social Anxiety with Laughter and Play

Howson Branch, Austin Public Library

Alright! This is gonna get WEIRD... and if you're willing to embrace a bite-sized chunk of discomfort with some strangers in a safe place on a Tuesday night... I predict, you will have an experience that will set the stage for a greater comfort in your future social engagements (and public speeches) that will compound (as in get stronger) over time. "But Chris, what the hell are you talking about?" you might be asking right about now... And what I'm talking about is me revealing my "social state shortcut" Yep, it's so damn automatic that I take it for granted AND the easiest way to learn it??? Playing, laughing, and stepping into a new (more resourceful) emotional state... And we're gonna do it the fastest (and most fun) way I know how... [More Details to Come Shortly ;-) ]

Communication Skills Practice Group (Specific Topic Coming Soon...)

Willie Mae Kirk Branch, Austin Public Library

Every 2 weeks, we meet and discuss and practice communication skills. The specific skill and topic we will practice will be updated within a week of the event and your suggestions by direct messaging me are greatly appreciated. There's a lot to be gained from simple practice in a place where it's ok to try new things and see what works. If you need some suggestions, I as well as other group leaders are more than welcome to help out! Location coming soon.

Communication Skills Practice Group (Specific Topic Coming Soon...)

Old Quarry Branch, Austin Public Library

Every 2 weeks, we meet and discuss and practice communication skills. The specific skill and topic we will practice will be updated within a week of the event and your suggestions by direct messaging me are greatly appreciated. There's a lot to be gained from simple practice in a place where it's ok to try new things and see what works. If you need some suggestions, I as well as other group leaders are more than welcome to help out! Location coming soon.

Past events (3)

How to Speak so People "Get You"

Twin Oaks Branch, Austin Public Library

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