Mathieu & Cie, Coaching and Consulting

LeadersToday

International Leadership Development

LISTEN & LEAD Training

Are interpersonal communication competencies part of your priorities?



They are for us and we created specific programs such as “Listen & Lead” to develop these aspects in companies, organizations and associations.


A sender alone does not communicate. Communication takes place only when a receiver (e.g. a listener) is willing to pay attention to the sent message.


Listening, the fundamental element of communication, seems to be neglected despite the world praising its importance.




Our program

The “Listen& Lead” program focuses on effective listening and is based on the assertion that knowing how to listen prepares to lead.

This program is based on the research, writings and trainings on listening conducted over the last 60 years, especially in the exceptional pool of competencies called the ILA (International Listening Association) based in Minnesota USA.

The originality of this program comes from the multiple experiences of Jean Francois Mathieu as civil engineer, music composer, trainer and Listener (member of the ILA), and his unstoppable passion for sound and interaction amongst people and fueled by Saba Imru-Mathieu through her experience in leadership, coaching, mentoring, interpersonal competencies and training.

“Listen& Lead” like every Leaders Today’s program, is tailor-made for our client.



Our offer

We suggest that, ultimately, all members of a company should be aware of the importance, benefits and necessity of effective listening. To reach this goal, we propose interactive Talks and Workshops.

Talks are an easy way to introduce large groups to the art of listening. They are informative, including some interactions with and between participants in the audience, and designed to create the motivation to listen more effectively to people. 

Workshops are made to go deeper in awareness and knowledge, through experiential learning and sharing.  They are tailored for a group of learners after an assessment of their needs, and the needs of their company or department.


We also explore other ways to enhance one’s listening abilities through Appreciative Listening (sounds of nature, music, objects, voices…) and the pleasure and hunger we have for sound as a vital element.

Depending on the client’s needs or learners needs (department, project team, managers…), we combine these different approaches in the learning process with easy-to-apply techniques enabling participants to listen much more effectively to colleagues in the workplace and improve the quality of their interactions in one-on-one or in group settings.

Whatever the chosen learning path, enhancing one’s effective Listening skills has a very quick rewarding curve for the person, colleagues and company.
 
When all the employees are knowledgeable about listening and have appropriate listening behaviors, we can say the company has a Listening Culture.





TALKS

 

"Listening: a (highly) rewarding effort!"

2-hour interactive Talk


“Can Appreciative Listening be a way to (re)discover the motivation to listen to people?"

2-hour interactive Talk

 

 




TALK "Listening: a (highly) rewarding effort"


Including some interactions with and between people in the audience (reflections and exercises).
Pre-requisite: none
Any number of people.
Duration: 2h
Language: English or French



Outline


This talk is to inform about the importance and benefits of effective listening. The effort that it takes and the obstacles that are on the way. You’ll become aware of your current behavior and knowledge. And finally you’ll be pleased (and maybe surprised) that learning to listen more effectively has a very quick rewarding curve.



Outcomes


You will


  • become aware of your current listening behaviors
  • start to evaluate your level of satisfaction with your results
  • understand that Listening is an effort, a conscious choice
  • realize the importance and benefits of listening and being listened to
  • understand what is stopping you from listening effectively
  • be able to decide to learn, re-learn or enhance your Listening skills




TALK “Can Appreciative Listening be a way to (re)discover the motivation to listen to people?"


Including some interactions with and between people in the audience (reflections and exercises).

Pre-requisite: none

Any number of people.

Duration: 2h

Language: English or French



Outline


This talk is about (re)discovering the willingness and motivation to listen to people through the pleasure you have to listen to sounds in nature, music, objects, voices… Some of these sounds are still vividly present in your memory, your mind, even your body. You will observe that music and voices have basic components in common and how this can be used. Jean Francois Mathieu call this the Composer’s Approach.



Outcomes


You will


  • discover that some sounds shaped your life in many ways
  • understand how Appreciative Listening can be a simulator to train yourself to listen to people
  • learn how to listen to music as if it were a person and how to listen to your “boss” as the Artist you long awaited for! 
  • be encouraged to use the Composer’s Approach to prepare yourself to listen in any situation






WORKSHOPS

 


"Snapshot of your listening skills"

4-hour workshop



"Can Appreciative Listening be a way to (re)discover the motivation to listen to people?"

4-hour workshop





WORKSHOP "Snapshot of your listening skills"


Lots of interactions with and between participants (reflections and exercises).

Pre-requisite: none

Number of people 3-12

Duration: 4h

Language: English or French



Outline


This Workshop is the entry point for anyone wanting to assess and increase their awareness of their current Listening behaviors. Starting from each participant’s experience, share some significant moments, understanding these behaviors and gain important knowledge along the way. See what is stopping you from listening effectively, and make an action plan for being a more effective Listener.


The specificity of this Workshop is that it deals only with the attitude (mental and nonverbal) of the listener, not with his/her verbal interventions capabilities.



Outcomes


You will


  • increase your awareness of your current Listening behaviors
  • define areas for improvement and make an action plan to reinforce the useful behaviors and get rid of the ineffective ones
  • feel how it feels to be listened to and understand Listening as a gift you can give
  • learn how to use silence and how to be "just" a good receptor
  • learn and practice skills and techniques to tame or bypass some obstacles to effective Listening






WORKSHOP "Can Appreciative Listening be a way to (re)discover the motivation to listen to people?"


Lots of interactions with and between participants (reflections and exercises).

Pre-requisite: none

Number of people 3-12

Duration: 4h

Language: English or French



Outline


In this workshop, we will also explore other ways of Appreciative Listening that enhance our listening abilities. For example, the sounds of our childhood that remind us of the pleasure and hunger we have for sound as a vital element; or the sound of the physical space that you're in; or even the sound of your boss!  Jean Francois Mathieu call this the Composer’s Approach.


Comments


Why do we like to listen to sounds and voices in music, nature, plays, movies, inspirational speeches… and are willing to open ourselves to new ways of being moved, entertained, excited… but are not always in the same state of mind when somebody is speaking to us?


Through Appreciative Listening we can learn and develop many of the essential competencies needed to be an effective Listener to people.


Sound (music, nature, human voice…) leaves deep imprints on us, very often for a lifetime.  We recognize sounds, especially the human voice, without seeing the person, even when the sound is distorted by the channel of communication. There something in sound that we can use to be more effective listeners to people. 


Due to my experience as a composer and musician, I see there is a basic set of essential components that can be found in music, nature and the human voice such as melody, rhythm, dynamics, tone and silence… plus additional meaning if the voice contains words.



Outcomes


You will


  • discover and understand that some sounds shaped your life in many ways
  • learn how to use Appreciative Listening as a simulator to train yourself to listen to people
  • learn how to listen to music as if it were a person and how to listen to your “boss” as the Artist you long awaited for! 
  • go into extreme listening: Listen to your apartment!
  • overcome the apprehension to listen and (re)discover the pleasure of it
  • learn how to use the Composer’s Approach to prepare yourself to listen in any situation


Jean François Mathieu, our Listening Culture Designer presents “The Composer's Approach” to listening to people.  

At the convergence of art and management he has devised a unique and intriguing technique for leaders to listen more deeply and effectively.

What attendees say

Workshop "Snapshot of your Listening Skills"

A rare moment of quality dedicated to the Art and gift of Listening - so essential but often neglected. Many thanks!

Dana L. Walden / Certo Coaching & Consulting Sàrl / Coach & Development Consultant

I attended out of curiousity/interest, but do not expecting to learn. But in fact I did learn!

R.A. / International Federation of Red Cross / Software Design and Support

Jean Francois knows how to listen and his enthusiasm allows me to not be afraid anymore about the fantastic gift of Listening and it's main ingredient : silence! Everybody should attend and this should be taught at school!

F.C. / Varo Energy / Head of Movement, Coach

Interactive Talk "Can Appreciative Listening be a way to (re)discover the motivation to listen to people?"

Enjoyable, creative and useful program to bridge the worlds of listening to music and listening to discourse. I look forward to using some of the exercise demonstrated with my coaching clients. A great use of my time.

Jennifer Grau / President Grau Interpersonal Communication / MA, CLP

Jean-Francois Mathieu was excellent. He engaged the audience throughout the presentation.

Bruce Bloom / Business and Career Services / Trainer, Facilitator

It stimulated thoughtfulness and connections that I had not made. I had never thought that music contains leadership lessons.

Dr. Margaret Fitch-Hauser / Communication training and consulting / Researcher / Author

Viewing a voice as a musical composition and listening for its basic components was a worthwhile experience. Noting the use of silence was particularly interesting.

Carole Grau / Professional Training & Coaching / Grau Interpersonal Communication / CLP

Interactive Talk "When you speak, you sing!"

Really interesting, never thought about the melody in my voice before.

Elaine O’Mullane / Research Nurse - Assistant at the National Children's Hospital and Department of Pediatrics, Trinity College Dublin


Fun! You may have been in my diction class! Makes me more aware to listen with a caring ear.

Edie Cole / College Professor / Otterbein University, Ohio University, Indiana University

 

Your presentation was FASCINATING, and I enjoyed it greatly!

Benjamin Mathes / Head of Production, Seine Pictures / Founder, Crash Acting / Founder, Urban Confessional Free Listening

 

Jean Francois's session was intriguing and enlightening. It will be useful in my retreat work, using name/greetings melodies as a way of being present to others.

Teresa Hanlon / MA, Spiritual Director

 

Really enjoyed having the opportunity to think about pitch in the spoken voice. Remembers me to listen to my own vocal production.

Elizabeth Skavish / Piano Faculty at New England Conservatory Preparatory School

 

Too brief! But otherwise I enjoyed learning more about “tone” which is a new undertaking for me. So crucial that I can change my tone.

Jerald (Jerry) Catt / College Professor at BSU


I have never considered the musicality of the spoken voice before. This opened a new window of exploration for me.

John Backman / author, Why Can't We Talk? Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart.


Funny and warm and informative. So thank you. 

Helena Walsh / European Director of The Fitzmaurice Voicework Institute / Artistic Director & Founder of Helena Walsh Voice Studio