by Robyn Stratton-Berkessel

We are all story tellers. We depend on a regular narrative to help navigate through our days. We tell stories everyday: at home with family, at work with colleagues and clients, at play with mates, and in romance with lovers. Stories we tell ourselves get lived out daily. They guide our beliefs and choices, thereby impacting your thoughts and actions. As you become more conscious of your own stories and the stories of others, you begin to notice different perspectives and potentially reach new levels of understanding. It’s through our stories that we connect.

Working with Appreciative Inquiry and what it unleashes.

Conversation about the value of strength-based approaches to change with Appreciative Inquiry in individuals, organizations and communities.

The practice of Positivity

  • What positivity is and how it works and what it produces.
  • How we can all be agents of positive change with a few daily practices

Three Questions for us to explore:

  1. Why do words matter?
  2. How can just focusing on positive thinking mislead people?
  3. Why are positive emotions so important in effecting change.

About Robyn Stratton-Berkessel:

Robyn is an author, a speaker, a podcast host, a designer and facilitator, and coach.  Robyn is Adjunct Professor at David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, Robert Stiller School of Business at Champlain College, VT, teaching Advanced Applications of Appreciative Inquiry in the MBA Program, Positive Organizational Development.

  • Her book: Appreciative Inquiry for Collaborative Solutions: 21 Strength-based Workshops (2010) by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. San Francisco, reached #4 in Amazon “Must Read Positive Business” list
  • Her podcast: Positivity Strategist, reached #1 in iTunes “New and Noteworthy” section
  • Her iPad app: Embracing Change, reached #2 in iTunes “Business” section

Robyn’s strengths are leading positive change. She partners with executives and teams around the world, designing and delivering high impact and positive change with a focus on co-creating cultures of ownership, inclusion and collaboration. She is building a community of Agents for Positive Change.