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About Jovial

Our vision is to develop more empowered, connected, and jovial workplaces that drive the world’s innovation.

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Our story

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Sandra & Richard have a combined 25+ years of experience in product management, operations, finance, learning & development, design, retail (even an ice cream shop!). 

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Upon reflecting on their experiences and challenges, they had a lightbulb moment. The challenges faced weren’t because of a lack of specialized skills, advanced degrees, certifications, or ping pong tables...

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The commonality across all experience, regardless of industry, role or tenure, is ineffective communication

Communication matters

Even with the most brilliant teams, if those teams cannot clearly communicate their ideas and bring everyone along, it becomes incredibly difficult (translation: time-consuming, expensive, demoralizing) for individuals, teams and companies to achieve their desired goals, resulting in:

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Meetings about meetings

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Long presentations

Back and forth emails

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Team misalignments

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Costly errors

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Feeling frustrated

Slow progress

Feeling confused

Burnt out

We're here to help

We built Jovial because we want to develop more empowered, connected, and jovial workplaces that drive the world’s innovation. 
 
We believe the way to do that is by developing more effective communicators and arming them with clear tactics that can be applied to real-world experiences.

Meet the founders

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Sandra Ma
Co-founder & CEO

  • How do I sign up for an upcoming public class?
    On our services - classes page, you can register interest for classes you’d like to sign up for or be alerted of new schedules or updates. Once available, we will email you with a link where you can register and pay for a class.
  • Are your classes in-person or virtual?
    Currently, our initial offerings are in-person in the Greater Boston area; however, we will be expanding our offerings to include virtual soon. If you’re interested in virtual offerings or having us come to your city, please contact us!
  • Do you offer self-serve, asynchronous classes?
    Not at this time. Our teaching approach relies on the interactive, engaging activities amongst participants to reinforce learnings within a cohort-like atmosphere. We may consider this in the future for certain topics.
  • How is this different from any other communication, soft skills classes out there?
    First and foremost, our experience. Between co-founders Sandra and Rick, they have managed and coached teams collaborating across nearly all teams within an organization. This translates into real world scenarios that are used in our classes and can be directly applied in your own roles and teams. Secondly, our classes are engaging. We share tactical approaches that are practiced within class and then can be applied immediately outside the classroom. We guarantee you’ll have fun! Lastly, we’ll be there for you beyond the classroom. Our program includes activities, peer groups, and community events after classes to support you on your journey.
  • How much do your classes and programs cost for enterprises?
    The cost depends on the number of participants and the level of offering selected. We will collaborate with you to determine the optimal options for your organization and be transparent on pricing and terms. Reach out to learn more.
  • Is this only for entry level employees?
    No! Our courses are applicable to anyone, regardless of role, tenure, level. We believe communication is one of those skills where there is always something new to be learned, observed, and practiced. And the fact of the matter is, even as adults, many of us never really learned what good communication looks like.
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Richard Harrell
Co-founder & Advisor

  • How do I sign up for an upcoming public class?
    On our services - classes page, you can register interest for classes you’d like to sign up for or be alerted of new schedules or updates. Once available, we will email you with a link where you can register and pay for a class.
  • Are your classes in-person or virtual?
    Currently, our initial offerings are in-person in the Greater Boston area; however, we will be expanding our offerings to include virtual soon. If you’re interested in virtual offerings or having us come to your city, please contact us!
  • Do you offer self-serve, asynchronous classes?
    Not at this time. Our teaching approach relies on the interactive, engaging activities amongst participants to reinforce learnings within a cohort-like atmosphere. We may consider this in the future for certain topics.
  • How is this different from any other communication, soft skills classes out there?
    First and foremost, our experience. Between co-founders Sandra and Rick, they have managed and coached teams collaborating across nearly all teams within an organization. This translates into real world scenarios that are used in our classes and can be directly applied in your own roles and teams. Secondly, our classes are engaging. We share tactical approaches that are practiced within class and then can be applied immediately outside the classroom. We guarantee you’ll have fun! Lastly, we’ll be there for you beyond the classroom. Our program includes activities, peer groups, and community events after classes to support you on your journey.
  • How much do your classes and programs cost for enterprises?
    The cost depends on the number of participants and the level of offering selected. We will collaborate with you to determine the optimal options for your organization and be transparent on pricing and terms. Reach out to learn more.
  • Is this only for entry level employees?
    No! Our courses are applicable to anyone, regardless of role, tenure, level. We believe communication is one of those skills where there is always something new to be learned, observed, and practiced. And the fact of the matter is, even as adults, many of us never really learned what good communication looks like.
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