A College of Education, Health and Human Sciences alumni, Cheri Torres, has co-authored a book, “Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement.” The book, co-authored with Jackie Stavros, uses real life stories to teach two simple practices for creating conversations worth having and five principles to support success.
Cheri is a 2008 graduate of the Educational Psychology and Counseling Department where she was heavily influenced by the teachings of John Peters. Originally, Cheri and Jackie began a journey to rewrite their first book, “Dynamic Relationships: Unleashing the Power of Appreciative Inquiry in Daily Living.” Through this revision process, a realization of the evolution of their thinking process prompted them to write a new book instead. “We see the potential to change people’s lives and community and organizational outcomes” said Cheri. “Working closely with our editor, we believe we’ve created a book that will easily speak to people-people looking to have more uplifting conversations, strong relational connections and more innovative and creative outcomes for the complex problems facing our organizations and communities these days. This is the first book we’ve written that is filled with practical “how to” combined with illustrative stories.”
Cheri and Jackie’s two foundational practices can fuel productivity, creativity, positive energy and engagement as well as deepen personal relationships, empower family members to thrive and make us happier.