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Talking In Circles – The Workshop

The opening moment of this workshop calls on participants to put into practice talking skills and challenges them to start to deeply understand what real listening means. Bill introduces participants to restorative technologies such as “check-ins”, “restorative questions” and the beautiful and deeply human use of “the talking piece”, an indigenous custom and deeply honoured tradition for communication.  Bill explores the powerful and delicate truths that deep interpersonal communication can evoke.

The questions that Bill raises with a group are derived from the research that he does prior to the event and are always deliberately focused on creating the space for discussions around issues vital in an organization. From those discussions other questions will be posed which will then be addressed.  At any point in the workshop, fresh “check-ins” can occur which has everyone participating check in with the other and with themselves to make sure that the words and ideas and stories being shared are being heard and understood.  The discovery that they are often not, is just the disturbing and delightful beginning of what can happen when we learn when we talk and listen in circle.

Questions explored:

  • What is my “bubble” and how does it affect my ability to hear and understand?
  • Who are you to me, me to you and what is our relationship in this place and time?
  • Who is our market and what are we trying to achieve?
  • What are the challenges to communication and the failures that face us daily and what can we discover from those failures?
  • When do we feel like we are connecting and what are the circumstances that make for the best connections?

Outcomes achieved: 

  • Strengthening of the team and personal growth through the increased empathy and understanding of the other;
  • Insights into how to better share and hear ideas;
  • Specific uses of the circle and strategies in their workplace and at home;
  • New perspectives which lead to new ideas and increased creativity around sometimes problematic issues; and
  • A new sense of personal responsibility around communication.

Listen to Bill speak on “Talking in Circles”.

The length of this workshop is fully customizable in order to meet client needs. Bill works directly with organizers and clients before each event in order to create material relevant to and of vital interest for each individual audience.  Bill also offers “Talking in Circles” as a keynote address.


I wanted to send you a quick note to tell you how GREAT Bill Carr was at our conference. Not only is he a very nice man, but during his speech he knew exactly how to get people’s attention for the whole time. He made us stop and think, got us emotional, serious, and made us laugh so much. He really knows how to tell stories that people can relate to their professional and personal life. Everyone here loved it and we wouldn’t hesitate to refer him to anyone. Hats off to Mr. Bill Carr!!! – Mélissa St-Amour, Triton Digital

“Best seminar ever!” and “I needed to hear that!” were just a few of the repeated comments echoed in response to Bill Carr’s seminar addressing some 100 Teamsters Union Stewards at our annual seminar.  Bill speaks with a poignant, direct and personal style and delivers with an authority gleaned from varied personal life experiences, and shares these intimate nuggets of life with the wit and charm of a true Canadian Maritimer. As a facilitator, Bill draws the best from his audience, his compassionate prodding empowering even the most reticent participants to share personal insight and opinions. I would unreservedly and wholeheartedly recommend Bill to any organization or group function David Froelich, Secretary Treasurer , Teamsters Local Union 987 of Alberta

Bill was the star of the Council’s events.  His talk received an overwhelming positive response from our Stewards. He had has us roaring with laughter and in tears as he delivered information that was on point for the important work that our Union Stewards do.  He received 4/4 on our evaluations by Council participants with comments such as Awesome Speaker!, Hilarious! and made me remember why I became a Steward! Thanks for all your efforts. – Catherine Pinks, Professional Institute of the Public Service

Everyone enjoyed Bill’s presentation immensely.  His personal stories were real, and ones that all could connect to.  His maritime perspective was endearing and his sense of humour was wonderful and enjoyed by all.  He was easily able to tie his world and life experiences to our world of post secondary education and to give all a sense of accomplishment for our work. It was a perfect end to our two days together.I would highly recommend Bill as a keynote in the future.  He was extremely well received, and is certainly one of the reasons that our conference was such a success –  Norma MacIntosh, Dean, Faculty of Continuing Education & Extension

I just wanted to thank you for recommending Bill for our team building event. His presentation was interesting, thought provoking and hilarious. I was amazed by the emotion he evoked from the entire room. I think everyone took something important home with them that day. He was the best speaker we’ve had to date and I hope to work with him again in the near future. – Maggie Morrison, The Regional Municipality of York