Say what you mean, mean what you say

What we say matters. Each of us has felt the power of words - words that heal, soothe or uplift. A caring remark in the right moment can carry us through life's biggest challenges, while sharp words tinged with cruelty or anger can break relationships and burn for years. We all know the harm inflicted by careless words.

We spend so much of our lives talking to each other, but how often are we simply running on autopilot - relying on old habits and hoping for the best?

The techniques taught in Common Ground will enable you to truly hear others and speak your mind in a clear and kind way, without the need to get defensive or go on the attack.

What is Common Ground Communication?

Common Ground Communication is an 8-week online course that teaches you a rich and expansive way of communicating that values empathy, connection and peace-making.

You will gain all the skills you need to thrive in any hard conversation or situation of conflict.

In Common Ground you will learn how to:

  1. Develop master leadership skills to foster a positive and productive workplace culture.
  2. Deepen loving relationships to secure loving and authentic connections where it matters most.
  3. Strengthen your resilience by finding your voice and standing in your power.

Common Ground is facilitated by Johanna Scott and brought to you by Make Do Co.


Remote learning: The course is self-paced, so you can move through the content at a convenient time for you.

Accountability: The course is designed to keep you moving through and learning with each module. While you can never be "behind," the thoughtful structure and guidance means you WILL finish and gain the skills from this course, so you can ensure that this is time and money well spent!

Supportive learning: The course includes access to your coach, Johanna Scott via two live group sessions and ongoing email support. You can also engage with other members in the group to grow together.

Gain strong communication skills: The Common Ground program teaches you how to argue well – not fight badly: to hear others (even in disagreement), to clearly communicate what you want (with courage), and to find common ground with anyone on any issue.

Resolve conflict harmoniously: The technique will teach you how to stand firmly in your own values, draw secure boundaries around what’s important; while simultaneously helping you to meet other people “where they are at.” 

A life lived in freedom: Ultimately, the goal is to create more authentic and harmonious lives and relationships.

Learn the art of a good argument.

Common Ground is THE conscious communication technique for anyone who values their relationships. This 8-week online course teaches you how to use smart and authentic communication methods to create clarity and fuel greater connection.

Enrolment for this transformative experience is only open for a limited time. Don't miss out on the next intake!

The techniques in Common Ground will help you to:

  1. Feel confident during conversations
  2. Stay focussed on what really matters in an interaction
  3. Listen for the authentic concerns behind someone's words
  4. Reduce anxiety before and during difficult conversations
  5. Find nourishment in day-to-day interactions

Live an authentic life

Do you wish you had the courage to live a life more true to yourself, rather than the life others expect of you?

Common Ground will teach you how to tap into the most inner yearnings of your soul - and equip you with the skills to bring that vision to life.

With the help of your experienced coach, Johanna Scott, you will walk through a step-by-step process to know yourself better and come out the other side stronger, braver ... happier!

Enrolments close

Sept 19 2022

Don't miss out on this intake!

This is your chance to talk truthfully, be fully seen and heard for who you truly are.

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Meet Your Teacher: Johanna Scott

Hi! I'm Jo.

Good communication has been the backbone of my work for over a decade now. I've dedicated my career to understanding how to write, speak and communicate persuasively, honestly; with character and authenticity.

Common Ground is the result of my intersecting passions in communication and personal growth. In 2015, I created my coaching business Make Do Co., to equip people with the skills, confidence and community to do meaningful work and live purposefully.

In this 8-week online course, I will teach you the world renowned communication method that values transformation over defeat.

You will learn how to connect with others without using alienating language that judges, bullies, criticises or reacts. Instead, you will learn to understand what you really need in any situation and you'll gain the skills to thrive in hard conversations.

What people are saying

"Jo is such a wonderful teacher and communicator. I found the skills she taught in Common Ground to be nothing short of life changing."

Emily E.

"I found the course captivating, mind expanding yet a down to earth guide for anyone looking to develop a quiet strength in their lives. A wonderful experience."

Sarah F.

"One of the best experiences I have ever had. Jo has such a beautiful presence and her way of teaching makes the content accessible to anyone."

Gabrielle S.

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Join me for the next intake!

If you want to argue well, express yourself clearly, hear others authentically and find common ground with anyone; I’d love to share this knowledge with you.

I conduct the workshop in an accessible way that encourages ongoing inquiry – with an emphasis on uncovering your own voice, making this a completely natural and honest way of communicating.

You … but better!

The time is now!

If the benefits of this workshop sound appealing to you – say yes!

Click the signup button below to get started, and I look forward to having you in the class. I am so committed to this work, and confident in the changes you will see.

Let's be the change we want to see!

I look forward to doing this work with you.

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Develop Master Leadership Skills

A must-do for anyone managing groups of people. Learn how to meet your needs for trust, growth, progress and productivity - while simultaneously fostering a positive culture that uplifts and up-levels the people you manage.

Deepen Loving Relationships

How we show up in our most treasured relationships is proof of a life well lived. Sadly, many of us fall short with the very people we love the most. Common Ground will help you foster secure, loving and authentic connections where it matters most.

Grounded Strength & Resilience

Common Ground is THE conscious communication method for anyone needing to stand true in their power. Find your voice, be strong, live by your values - all this while speaking peacefully

The five-pillars of Common Ground

The focus of this training is on learning to understand your own motivations and actions to improve how you conduct yourself in conflict or in other difficult situations.

From a place of honest self-reflection, you will be better placed to understand what might be at play for the other person.

Rather than responding to triggers, bad habits or tired storytelling, you will become curious about what is truly happening and better able to respond with empathy, honesty, clarity and power.

The foundational skills of this course are:

  1. Empathy: The ability to listen and hear others authentically (not just what they say, but what they mean)
  2. Authenticity: The ability to uncover and better understand your own motivations and needs.
  3. Communication: The ability to express yourself clearly and with courage.
  4. Freedom: The ability to see choice in every situation.
  5. Persuasion: The ability to put your argument in a way that will be well timed and better received.


What is Common Ground?

Common Ground is a rich and expansive way of communicating that values empathy, connection and peace-making.

The Common Ground program teaches you how to argue well – not fight badly: to hear others (even in disagreement), to clearly communicate what you want (with courage), and to find common ground with anyone on any issue.

The technique will teach you how to stand firmly in your own values, draw secure boundaries around what’s important; while simultaneously helping you to meet other people “where they are at.” 

Ultimately, its goal is to create more harmonious lives and relationships.

Who is it for?

Common Ground Communication is for anyone seeking productive, authentic and harmonious interactions.

People who are drawn to practice this method often:

  • Struggle with domineering personalities in their lives or workplace. The method will strengthen your boundaries and help you find your voice. Step into your power with a peaceful and deep confidence.
  • Feel a calling to enacting social change. This method supports you in living by your values in a way that deepens your reserves - rather than draining them. You will feel inspired and enlivened to progress the causes closest to your heart.
  • Grapple with difficult employees who seem to create more problems than solve them. This method develops master leadership skills to help you meet your needs for productivity, growth, progress and trust in your team; while simultaneously developing a culture of purpose and understanding to help your people thrive.
  • Deeply desire authentic and secure relationships. Common Ground removes the clutter and conflict of important relationships to keep you focussed on what matters - love, growth, connection and mutual respect.
  • Want to live a life true to themselves, not what others expect of them. This method removes unnecessary guilt and shame and keeps you focussed on your heart's deepest desires. When you live life truthfully, you give others permission to do the same. Everyone wins!

Practical Applications

The Common Ground content is applicable to:

  • Developing master leadership skills and managing teams of people.
  • Increasing your power and finding your voice in work environments.
  • Creating more harmony in your personal relationships.
  • Sharpening your skills in handling demands from acquaintances.
  • Opening up new pathways for social change in a manner that values compassion over aggression.
  • Deepening your relationship with yourself to access greater freedom and joy.


Common Ground is hosted entirely online. It runs for 8-weeks and majority of the content is self-paced, meaning you watch videos and work through exercises at a time that is most convenient for you.

The “live launch” date means we all begin together, which helps shape the community element of the course. But you can never fall “behind,” because the content will available for you to catch up after kick off. The best value and payment plans grant lifetime access. The limited plan offers the content for 6-months.

At week 3 and week 6, we will gather together for a live coaching session on Zoom.

These group coaching calls are live sessions where you get to interact with me and others in the group. These are invaluable for workshopping some of the items you've been grappling with "out loud," to get my support and learn from each other.

Key Dates

Times in AEST - find times in your own timezone.

Course kick-off: Monday 26 September, 2022

Module 2 released: Monday 3rd October

Live coaching call: Tuesday 11th October at 7pm

Module 3 released: Monday 17th October

Module 4 released: Monday 24th October

Live coaching call: Monday 31st October at 7pm

Module 5 released: Monday 7th November

Module 6 released: Monday 14th November

Still have questions?

I'd be happy to talk more and answer any questions you have.

Send me a note at [email protected]

Don't forget that the course intake closes September 26th so don't miss that date!

Brought to you by Make Do Co.

Make Do Co. is fostering a culture of change makers empowered to build business that matters. The aim is to help people find fulfilment, foster thriving workplace cultures where great work happens, and help entrepreneurs create the kinds of businesses the world needs — which also happens to be work they love.

Make Do's current offering includes:

  • 1-1 business coaching
  • Workplace programs
  • Common Ground Communication Course
  • Mastery Meditation Course
  • Small Business Breakthrough Course

Visit the Make Do Co. website here.

30-day guarantee

Common Ground comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

You can participate in the program for the first two Modules, and if you do the work and don’t feel I’ve delivered on my promise — please email [email protected] by 11:59pm AEST on Wednesday, October 26th, 2022 with your completed coursework to receive a full refund.