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The Friendship Lab Course

Join us for this special experience!

Make Your Friendships Thrive

Good friends are key to our happiness and wellbeing. And yet one-in-five of us lack close friends and 51% of us find it hard to make new ones. Busyness, job changes, and so many other things get in the way.

The Friendship Lab Course is a new 6 session evidence-based course to help us make more friends and deepen the friendships we have. Join us for this special live online pilot!

Let’s Get Intentional

The research is startling: people with close friends have lower levels of anxiety and depression, increased levels of meaning and happiness, a decreased risk of ailments like dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and heart attack, and around seven years longer lifespans. But good friendships don’t just happen. They must be intentionally formed. This fun and empowering course will help you learn how.

What You’ll Learn

In 6 engaging sessions we will cover:

1

What is friendship?

  • The 3 foundations of friendship
  • The 4 qualities of a friend
  • Overcoming the top 3 friendship barriers

2

How great friendships form

  • The 4 stages of friend-making
  • How to find like-minded people
  • How to confidently start conversations

3

How acquaintances become friends

  • One essential hack to take a relationship closer
  • How to be a brilliant listener
  • How to make confident invitations

4

How friends become close friends

  • The 3 things close friends share
  • How to build (or regain) trust
  • Staying close across distance

5

How to have difficult conversations

  • The 3 reasons friendships drift
  • How to resolve disagreements
  • Expressing needs without sounding needy

6

How friendship can change the world

  • Making friendship work across deep difference
  • Widening your friendship circle
  • Creating shared projects

Who is the Course for?

The Friendship Lab Course is for you if you want to:

  • Make your friendships more enjoyable, meaningful and close
  • Make new friends in your neighbourhood, class, church or workplace

On Demand

  • Go at your own pace
  • Six sessions via video
  • 20 videos, 6 hours of content
  • Participants workbook

Live Online

  • Worldwide cohort
  • Six sessions live
  • Over 6 hours of content
  • Participants workbook

Small Group Curriculum

  • For church, workplace, community groups
  • 6 sessions via video
  • Participants workbook
  • Leaders Guide

Join the Waiting List

After a greater than expected response to our pilot courses, we’re now in the process of refining the content, filming, and preparing for our official launch in 2024. To be notified of new courses, sign up for our newsletter. You’ll get two FREE tools from the course to start using right away!

Your Host

The Friendship Lab Course is led by Sheridan Voysey, founder of Friendship Lab, which empowers men and women with the wisdom and skills to make their friendships thrive. Sheridan is a presenter of Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, and was the creative lead on Radio 2’s Friendship Season. The author of nine books, Sheridan has featured in BBC News, The Times and other media worldwide.

FAQs

Why is the course run over 6 weeks and not as an intensive?

Good question! Did you know it takes at least 50 hours of socialising for a friendship to form? We’ve designed the course to give you time to implement the material so you have the best chance to see your friendships grow.

What will we do between sessions?

Homework! Each week’s session will have some carefully crafted exercises for you to do. During the week you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Try the exercises out
  • Reflect on how you went and revise if necessary
  • Share your experiences on the private discussion board on this website for support

Will I have to share anything personal in the sessions?

You can share as little or as much about yourself in the chat and discussion board as you like. No pressure!

Do I need to download any apps or software?

No! With a laptop or desktop and a good internet connection you’re all set. (If you want to join via a mobile device you’ll need to download the Google Meet app, but we recommend a laptop or desktop instead.)

What happens if I miss a session?

Don’t worry – there will be a recording for you to catch up with. Then just get back into the exercises as soon as you can.

Why is it called a Friendship ‘Lab’?

A lab is where experiments take place, and we can’t think of a better approach to forming and deepening adult friendship than to treat it as a series of experiments that we try, learn from, and adapt until we’re successful.