Grand Challenges Canada Pre-Read


Thank you for attending an upcoming workshop from TellPeople.

Please take 3-5 minutes to complete this short questionnaire and read the information following the questionnaire, all of which will help you have a good experience in the workshop. 

If you have any questions, you can send an email to:


There are just two questions:


Preparing for the workshop

It will be helpful for you to think of some situations where it's important that you communicate clearly with other people. 

Specifically, prior to the workshop please think of the following:

  • At least one person with whom you want to communicate better. (Examples include funders, members of the public, innovators, media, colleagues.)
  • At least one scenario where it's important that people listen to you and clearly understand what you mean. (Examples include explaining work to colleagues/stakeholders, advancing positions in a negotiation, presenting information to other people.)

Specific examples will be more useful than general examples. (So, instead of, "I need to communicate ideas in ways that are clear and compelling", think of specific ideas that you want to communicate better.) 

You don't have to divulge anything confidential in the workshop. It will simply be more helpful for you when we practice the tools if you have in mind some specific examples. 


General expectations for the workshop

This is a participatory workshop that lasts three hours (including breaks).  What will happen is: 

  • I will introduce a tool for improving the way you communicate with other people
  • We will break into pairs and practice using the tool for 6-8 minutes
  • We will reconvene to talk about the practice
  • We will do this five times (once for each of the five tools)

I will also tell some entertaining stories that we can use, throughout the workshop, to illustrate how the various tools can work. You can ask questions at any time.

At the beginning of the workshop I will remind you of all of this and also let you know when we will take breaks. It will be very easy for you to calibrate your attention over the three hours.

You will not be asked to tell a story to the group or otherwise speak in front of everyone.  You will be invited to share relevant experiences/challenges from your own life and work, if you think that would be helpful. 

Some things you may want to bring to the workshop are a pen or pencil and some paper