Keynote Speaker: SIR MICHAEL PALIN

Topic: A wide ranging talk about globe trotting, his life and good causes including an interest in prison reform




Sir Michael Palin

Michael Palin, a national treasure, needs no introduction but if you want to read about his extensive career click here.





After-lunch workshop

Catherine Connolly and Ingrid Allen 

Topic: How to succeed with those conversations we try to avoid!

Catherine has worked with global organisations for over 25 years in professional Human Resource and Change Management roles. She was HR Strategy Director for Primark, Global HR Director at TNS (part of the WPP group) and prior to that held senior HR and consulting roles in a variety of organisations including KPMG and NatWest Bank. Catherine now runs Inisfree Consulting Ltd, a HR consultancy, is an Executive Coach and is co-founder of Conscious Conversations

Ingrid worked for over 25 years in market research, international marketing and internal communications roles. She now advises organisations on how to communicate effectively with their employees, particularly during times of change, and is a co-founder of Conscious Conversations.

How do you approach challenging conversations? We’ll give you techniques and tips, backed up by robust theory, that show how to manage these situations positively and with confidence. It will be a practical, interactive and hopefully fun session demonstrating conversations – both good and poor – and with plenty of opportunity for audience participation. All of these techniques apply whether the conversation is with your peers, your manager, the people you manage, your friends or even your partner!

What you'll take away from this workshop:

    Heightened consciousness of what happens during a one-to-one conversation, for example what influences the behaviour of each of the participants;
    practical techniques for preparing yourself, and the other person, for a challenging conversation;
    steering it so that both of you have a ‘good conversation’;
    ensuring your contributions are considered and empathetic;
    dealing with feelings and emotions that threaten the outcome;
    being agile if the conversation starts to go the wrong way.


Our meeting place

  • Judge’s Court (pictured bottom left), Brown’s Courtrooms
    1st floor, 82 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4AG
  • Nearest Tube:
    Exit 4, Leicester Square
  • About the venue:
    Hidden away within Browns Covent Garden is Browns Court Rooms. This historic two floor event suite is designed with grand sweeping staircases and stunning original features. The building was once the Westminster’s County Courts and in 1996 was converted into a bar and restaurant. Within the largest room - The Judges Court, the original Judge’s Bench is still in place. It was from here that convicted defendants were sent down to the detention cells ... these detention cells now serve as the wine cellars!

Other lunches for your diary


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