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Power Talking

Do you want to improve your communication skills, including negotiating the sex you want? GMFA, the gay men’s health charity, has announced the launch of their new workshop, ‘Power Talking’, which will be delivered by GMFA’s CHAPS partners in 11 cities across the UK this autumn.

This two-day course will give you the skills to communicate with clarity and confidence. It will help you talk to people about all areas of your life, including your sex life. It will give you the power to ask for what you want and say ‘no’ to things that you don’t want to do.

The course takes a look at the different ways that communication skills can affect our lives, in a relaxed and friendly group setting. You’ll learn about assertiveness and building your skills in effective communication in a variety of situations, whether with friends, at work or with sexual partners. Plus, there’ll be plenty of tips that you can put into action after the course, to make you a happier, more confident communicator.

Throughout September and October, the ‘Power Talking’ course will be run by trainers from local gay charities and healthcare services across England, including: The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Eddystone Trust, Healthy Gay Nottingham, The Lesbian and Gay Foundation, MESMAC North East, Healthy Gay Life, Yorkshire MESMAC, Trade, and GCHS.

All of GMFA’s courses and workshops are free of charge to participants but places are limited and must be booked in advance. To book a place, go to or call 020 7738 3712
The ‘Power Talking’ course takes place on two consecutive Saturdays from 10:30am to 5:30pm. BSL interpreters can be arranged prior to the course. The dates for 2011 are:

10th & 17th September: Brighton, London, Manchester, Newcastle
17th & 24th September: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham, Southampton
1st & 8th October: Leicester
15th & 22nd October: Truro

The national ‘Power Talking’ course is funded by CHAPS.