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Foundations of Relational Communication

Master interpersonal communication in the workplace.

The quality of your communication directly impacts the quality of your relationships and productivity at work.

We all desire to accomplish great things, to feel our efforts are valued and to enjoy our working relationships. But interpersonal issues often get in the way, and when left unaddressed, lead to conflict.

Few of us are trained in the crucial relational skills that make our workplace more than just a place to earn, but an environment where we thrive, and as a result we experience chronic stress and repeated frustrations, and eventually lose heart.

You can learn the crucial skills necessary to bring out the full potential of your working relationships.

Navigate difficult conversations effectively.

Instead of holding back from a lack of confidence or know-how, you’ll feel empowered to communicate using our tried-and-true approach.

Create the impact you want.

Go beyond wishing others would pick up what you meant, and learn how to convey your communication as you intend.

Transform your team.

You’ll make an impression on your colleagues by how you’re able to handle relational issues, and they’ll get curious as to how to do this for themselves.

Unleash more of your potential.

You’ll foster relationships that sustain that sweet spot where you’re simultaneously encouraged and challenged in expanding what you can accomplish.

Become a respected leader.

Conveying you perspectives directly and considerately while understanding what matters to others will have them trust your leadership.

Here’s what the program includes:

8 week online program
meeting live 1x /week

7 learning modules delivered weekly your inbox

Workbook with lecture
notes pre-made for you.

Weekly live sessions with Q&A, coaching, and interactive practices

Weekly assignments to apply what you’re learning to your everyday life

Self-directed facilitation guide and quick reference for handy reference

When your work relationships are at their best, you create your best work.

You look forward to your workday, feeling confident and creative in your ability to face whatever is coming your way. You can sync up and get into a flow with your collaborators, where you’re bringing out each other’s best work.

When tensions arise, you address them effectively, leading to creative solutions. You can discern what matters to your colleagues, enjoy what you have in common, appreciate your differences, and cultivate mutual regard.When your relationships at work are healthy and vital, it inspires you to deliver the impact you want to have on the organization, rather than holding back, and supports you to reach your highest potential.

Join us for Foundations of Relational Communication, an 8-week online training program.

Here’s some of What We Cover:


What is relational health and how does it make a difference at work?

Learn how relational conversations support healthy relationships

Tuning your awareness to recognize opportunities to address relational tensions


How to create opportunities to have relational conversations with people

Learn the key communication skill: “owning your experience”

Sharing your experience in a way that has you feel heard and understood


How our minds use roles and attributes to simplify social complexity

Cultivate the kind of genuine curiosity that will lead to interesting conversations

How to listen in a way that has others confirm you understand them accurately


How to clear the air with someone by sharing and listening in a collaborative way

Balancing dignity and humility as to to support effective communication

Learn the crucial role of “shared reality” and how to cultivate it


Learn to ask for what you want in a way that has you more likely to get it

How to establish mutual commitments to create the kinds of relationships you like

Offer feedback in a way that has it more likely to make a difference in the future


Recognize the signs a relationship may need some repair

How to reliably restore trust after a breakdown

Transform breakdowns into opportunities for a relationship to evolve


How all the MetaRelating™ conversational protocols work synergistically

Learn how to develop relationships over time so they have a custom quality

Cultivate the conditions that make relational flow-states more likely

“Learn to communicate about your relationships more effectively.”

Foundations of Relational Communication is for you if:

  • You’re dissatisfied with your relationships at work
  • You’re a team lead or a manager and you want to develop your leadership
  • You avoid conflict, or handle conflict or tension badly
  • Your sensitivity to interpersonal dynamics can sometimes feel disruptive
  • Your workplace is experiencing interpersonal tensions and you want to help
  • You’re an aspiring mediator, negotiator, or peacemaker
  • Your workplace is experiencing interpersonal tensions and you want to help


Early registration, first 6 seats: $1000 discount

Early registration, second 6 seats: $500 discount

About Your Teacher

Michael Porcelli (“Porch” for short) has worked with organizations large and small, including early-stage startups, multinational technology corporations, and small mission-centered companies. After a career as a software engineer, he turned in a more human-centered direction earning a graduate degree in psychology and diving headfirst into work as a coach, facilitator, and trainer.

He’s guided many through learning interpersonal communication and facilitating groups as the director of training and faculty development with the Integral Center. He’s worked with various groups to improve their relational dynamics, including engineers, educational technologists, trainers in applied rationality, and change makers in the effective altruism movement. He’s trained venture capitalists in improving their people skills and AI researchers in exploring their social dynamics. He’s trained coaches, therapists, and facilitators to bring more relational awareness to their practices.

Through his experience, Michael has come to learn – and to teach – that how we work together is as important as what we’re working on.

Don't just take our word for it

Björn Schneider

Holacracy & Agile Coach

Hypoport SE

At the first MetaRelating Training, I realized this was the first time someone had tied together a complete package that shows you how to build good relations. And MetaRelating is a perfect fit with Holacracy.

Brian Robertson

Founding Member & Partner


Improve your relational skills, and watch nearly everything else in life and business get easier. With MetaRelating, Holacracy practitioners will find an approach to addressing interpersonal tensions that complement self-management.

Casey Capshaw

Director of Operations

Strata identity

Conflicts WILL happen in high-performing teams. HOW we work with these conflicts determines how efficient and effective we can be as teammates, subordinates, and leaders. I highly recommend MetaRelating for anyone wanting to up their game.

Dr. Chris Cowan



Porch's approach to relational practices with MetaRelating can revolutionize workplace dynamics, leading to enhanced teamwork, increased productivity, and improved employee well-being. I am grateful for the positive impact Porch has had on my life and work.

Kendra Cunov

Practioner, Coach, and Facilitator of Relational,
Embodiment, and Intimacy work

Michael is an exceptional teacher & facilitator. There is no one I would recommend more highly to learn relational communication skills from. Any organization, team, or business would be lucky to have his support in creating their culture.

Kevin O'Melley

Senior Product Lead

Signant Health

Porch has an unmatched ability to help me explore thoughts, emotions, biases, and shame with skill and kindness. I admire how he synthesizes multiple disciplines, perspectives, and learning styles. The resulting product is relatable, effective, and powerful. He’s one of the best teachers I’ve known.

Rachel Brown

Holistic Marketing Strategist

Emergent Voice

I love Michael Porcelli. He's an inspirational facilitator, an artful communicator, and a truly compassionate human being. I'm so grateful for the skills he taught me through MetaRelating and how they help me navigate the complexity of the world.

Robert MacNaughton

Executive Coach and Facilitator

Neuberg Gore & Integral Centered

The underlying issue impeding our progress is the inability to coordinate effectively without our human frailties mucking things up. Michael Porcelli is a leader in the field of relational leadership since before such a field existed. The timing couldn’t be more appropriate for a masterfully designed toolkit built to address the hemorrhaging needs of people trying to get along and work together effectively.

Sara Ness

Founder & Chief Catalyst

Authentic Revolution

Porcelli has managed to distill complex communication practices into a simple framework. If you're looking to improve your communication culture, I don't think you can find a better resource than him.

Tataya Bailey

Founder, Lead Facilitator, Integral Master Coach

Prisma Leadership

MetaRelating training gave me clear and systematic communication practices I could apply immediately with our facilitators and participants who need ways to address relational tensions that inevitably arise while doing deep work together.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is relational communication?


Anytime you’re having a conversation with one or more people and the topic of the conversation includes something about your relationship with them. It’s an inevitable part our more significant relationships, and yet most people haven’t learned how to do it well.

Will there be opportunities to interact and practice the communication skills?


Yes. The weekly live session will include interactive practice sessions. You’ll also have assignments to apply the communication skills in your everyday relationships.

I’m interested in doing together with some folks I know, do you offer group discounts?


Yes we do! We can do group rates for two or more peoples. Please reach out and connect with us to find out more details.

I’m interested in this for my team, do you offer anything for organizations?


Yes, indeed. We can deliver our training to your team if you have six or more people you’d like to sign up. We are able to scale up for higher numbers. You can also sign up with teammates for our public trainings with our group rates. Please have a look at our offerings For Organizations.

What is the time commitment for this course?


We’ve designed the course to accommodate the often demanding schedules of many professionals. We estimate it will take approximately 3-4 hours per week for eight weeks.

There’s a single 2-hour live session per week for interactive practice, Q&A, and group coaching. The weekly learning module includes a multimedia presentation that you can watch on your own time lasting approximately thirty minutes, give or take.

There will be also be weekly exercises and practices, which are easily doable in one hour or less.

What if I have to miss a session?


We understand life is unpredictable and priorities and other unforeseen circumstances arise. Though we don’t encourage it, you’re welcome to miss a session. You may not get the full value of the course if you miss too many sessions. And we will record the live sessions and distribute them to you and the fellow participants in your course.