Deep Listening

Masterclass with Holger Nauheimer and Jillian Reilly

Berlin, October 30-31, 2019


This is not just another conversation class. It is the masterclass for conversation artists. Listening is the key for building relationships, for leading self, others, businesses and the world. Good listeners can prevent disasters or develop breakthrough innovations. A world full good listeners would be a better world. We know intuitively that we can open the hearts of other people when we listen empathetically. And yet, we practice this skill only on the first date with a new mate.

Join us to go deeper than in any other listening workshop you have attended so far. You will:

  • become aware of your own listening patterns
  • learn strategies to calm down inner voices and focus on the conversation partner
  • explore different listening and questioning techniques for coaching and for leadership
  • experience how good listening can become the seed of a great conversation
  • experiment with different questioning types to explore purpose



Day 1

  • How to observe yourself listening and how to deepen awareness on your own listening patterns: what goes on in your mind? (several practices)
  • The myth of multi-tasking (theory and practice)
  • Inner speech and inner voices (theory and practice)
  • Conversation theories and types of (bad) listeners
  • Connecting deeply with self and with your conversation partner; finding the C.O.A.C.H. state (practice)
  • Purpose as the anchor for effective conversations


Day 2

  • Being intentional: how to understand the purpose of your listening and to stay truth to your intention
  • 12 questions that facilitate deep exploration on purpose, concerns and circumstances (practice)
  • Group dialogue  (theory and practice)
  • Transfer


Read more about Deep Listening in an article series or watch the video below (40 minutes).






Registration  is not open yet but if you want to participate send us an email at Registration will open end of March, together with the Berlin Change Days registration.


Holger Nauheimer is the founder and developer of the Change Days movement. He has hosted the Berlin Change Days for 10 years and helped to giving birth to the Toronto Change Days. 

For 30 years, Holger has inspired the world of change management and organizational development. With hundreds of articles in the Internet, countless training programmes for leaders around the world and 10 years of hosting the Berlin Change Days, he has had an impact on many change practitioners. Likewise, in his work with large multi-national companies and global NGOs, he has supported the development of leadership and collaboration skills. 

Holger’s philosophy and approach rests on strong shoulders: he studied with the masters. In particular, he takes his inspirations from Stephen Gilligan (Hypnotherapy and Trance), Robert Dilts (Generative Systems Work), Max Schupbach (Deep Democracy), Peggy Holman (Complexity), Juanita Brown, Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff (Facilitation), David Cooperider (Positive Psychology), Harrison Owen (Open Space Technology) and many others. Based on these sources, he has developed a conversation model with which people can craft healthy and constructive work relationships.


Jillian Reilly is the founder of Antacara, a organisation that offers a personal development path in order to reconnect with their deep sense of purpose in order to lead more courageous lives. Jillian’s work is deeply inspired and influenced by the 25 years she spent in the international non-profit sector, leading community based efforts to change social behavior and develop human potential globally. A passionate storyteller, Jillian seeks out narratives that challenge our conventional understandings of the world and our place in it. Her journalistic works have been published in the Washington Post, LA Times and Newsweek. Her memoir, Shame: Confessions of an Aid Worker in Africa, explores the perils of trying to “do good” on a global scale. While her play Pillow Talk seeks to understand the spread of HIV/AIDS across Africa through the intimate lens of human relationships. Jillian’s Courageous Conversations podcast series, sponsored by the Ford Foundation, engages leading South African changemakers in exploring with empathy and authenticity the challenging work of leading everyday social change.