Re­claim­ing face-to-face con­ver­sa­tion

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Con­ver­sa­tion Sa­lons are re­laxed in­for­mal café-style gath­er­ings that bring to­gether all dif­fer­ent kinds of peo­ple to have po­ten­tially up­lift­ing and en­rich­ing con­ver­sa­tions about a whole range of var­i­ous top­ics.

They are friendly, wel­com­ing events where you meet new peo­ple and get to hear dif­fer­ent opin­ions and ideas.

Con­ver­sa­tion Sa­lon founder, Heather Bourke, noted: “The hu­man need to con­nect, be heard, tell our sto­ries and share our ex­pe­ri­ences is very strong. Mod­ern life seems to have eroded many of the spa­ces or places or en­vi­ron­ments where such con­ver­sa­tions took place.”

To coun­ter­act this, Heather has es­tab­lished Con­ver­sa­tion Sa­lons. She has been run­ning these for the last few years in Dublin and said she’s ex­cited to be start­ing them in Cork.

She ex­plains: “Con­ver­sa­tion Sa­lons are about cre­at­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties for lifeen­hanc­ing en­coun­ters and ex­changes. Over tea and cof­fee in small groups choose from an en­tic­ing con­ver­sa­tion menu of thought-pro­vok­ing ques­tions ... and let the con­ver­sa­tion be­gin.”

Heather added: “I think amaz­ing, ex­cit­ing, life-af­firm­ing things hap­pen when peo­ple have mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions. They join the dots, have light­bulb mo­ments, feel more alive and be­come wildly en­thu­si­as­tic about many things! We get to know each other in a much more real way, short-cir­cuit­ing the usu­ally edited su­per­fi­cial­i­ties.”

The Cork Con­ver­sa­tion Sa­lons will take place at Tiramisu Café at 17 Proby’s Quay to­mor­row, May 9 and on Wed­nes­day, May 23 — both from 7pm-10pm. Ad­mis­sion is €5.

See con­ver­sa­tion­sa­lons.ie and face­book.com/Con­ver­sa­tion­Sa­lons

Con­ver­sa­tion Sa­lons launch to­mor­row at Tiramisu Café, 17 Proby’s Quay.

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