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Managing Difficult Conversations

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Managers, team members, owners and employees need to conduct difficult conversations at some time or another. Although difficult conversations cannot be avoided, they can be successfully managed to achieve positive outcomes.

Understanding and skill development are necessary qualities that help in keeping you in control of difficult conversations before, during and after it so that you can achieve the desired outcome.

This highly valuable and engaging course empowers professionals to handle difficult conversations with ease to achieve professional success.

Managing Difficult Conversations Training is now available throughout Hong Kong including Central and also via instructor-led online training.

This Managing Difficult Conversations training course can be delivered at your premises by one of our expert local or international trainers or live online using our HIVE technology.

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Learning Outcomes
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  • Learning Outcomes - Managing Difficult Conversations

    After completing this course, participants will have learned to:
    • Predict the results of a conversation
    • Establish the intent of a conversation
    • Identify the desired outcome
    • Manage their body language
    • Speak persuasively
    • Listen actively
    • Use probing techniques
    • Ask the right questions at the right time
    • Establish the purpose of a difficult conversation
    • Create a conversation template
    • Create a personalized action plan
    • Use communication skills to influence and control
    • Maintain safety in a conversation
    • Choose an appropriate place for a conversation
    • Understand and analyze the other person
    • Stay in control of the conversation throughout
    Duration: 1 day course


    Managing Difficult Conversations Reviews:

    "Very enjoyable, and lots of material to use and logical steps to follow."

    The International School Of Macao


    "Overall, the instructor was fantastic in delivering all the content and was highly engaging."

    "The course was very useful. James is a very enthusiastic presenter. I found the information very useful."

    -The International School Of Macao

    “ Loved the course and felt I got a great deal of learning from it. 
    I would definitely recommend this to others in my department. Presenter was fantastic. ”

    - Dept. of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

    “ Many thanks - the experience has been very positive and we would certainly send personnel to your training courses as needed. ”

    - AMES

    “ I found the training to be a great experience and exactly what I needed. The trainer was fantastic and very knowledgeable. I left the day feeling very positive. Thank you. ”

    - Market Solutions Pty Ltd

    “ Trainer was fantastic. The use of no PowerPoint was fantastic! 
    Andrew was a great, knowledgeable presenter and the course highlighted to me some of the strategies I can implement in the future, instead of avoiding the conversations! Really enjoyed the course. Thank you. 
    I thought the fact that we didn't have to refer to PowerPoint slides was a huge benefit! This was able to engage us in discussion throughout the day. The trainer (Andrew) did a fantastic job of facilitating the session. ”

    - Australian Sports Commission

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  • Course Outline - Managing Difficult Conversations

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    Managing Difficult Conversations requires specialized knowledge and skill development because they are tough to handle without it. During this training course, participants develop an understanding of where, when, why and how to conduct difficult conversations.

    The goal of this course is to empower professionals to be in control of a difficult conversation at all stages of it so that they can achieve the desired outcome. It is a necessary skill in the management of human resources, handling of customers, and team management.


    Managing Difficult Conversations - Lesson 1
    • Icebreaker
    • Housekeeping Items
    • The Parking Lot
    • Workshop Objectives
    Managing Difficult Conversations - Lesson 2
    Choosing to Have the Conversation
    • Considering the Consequences
    • Establishing Your Frame of Reference
    • Establishing Positive Intent
    • Identifying the Desired Outcome
    Managing Difficult Conversations - Lesson 3
    Toolkit for Successful Conversations
    • Managing Your Body Language
    • Speaking Persuasively
    • Active Listening
    • Asking Questions
    • Probing Techniques
    Managing Difficult Conversations - Lesson 4
    Choosing the Time and Place
    • Weighing urgency
    • Privacy
    • Consideration
    • Transparency and presence of 3rd parties
    Managing Difficult Conversations - Lesson 5
    Framework for Difficult Conversations
    • What’s Your Purpose?
    • Steps for a Difficult Conversation
    • Creating a Conversation Template
    Managing Difficult Conversations - Lesson 6
    Staying Safe
    • Anticipating conflict
    • Mutual respect
    • Common ground
    • Staying in control
    • When to walk away
    • When things don't work
    Managing Difficult Conversations - Lesson 7
    Testing the waters
    • Practice and review in class
    Managing Difficult Conversations - Lesson 8
    Wrap up
    • Course review
    • Action plan

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    In-House training benefits:

    • Flexible length - sessions as short as 1-hour
    • Cost effective - great group pricing
    • Greatest impact in the shortest time
    • Excellent Team Building Opportunity
    • Certificate of Completion (always available in the App)
    • Comprehensive courseware as books (& available in the App)

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    An outstanding trainer

    On average PDT trainers have 15 years industry experience 7 years training experience.

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    Focussed on you

    We always tailor activities and scenarios to be relevant to you.

    Refresher course

    Refresher Course $0

    In-House and Public Class participants are welcome to join a public class in the same topic for 12 months.

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    1/2 Price Coaching

    We all know the importance of reinforcement, so we'll come back within 90 days of the original course 1/2 price.

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    The confidence of booking with an acclaimed multi national training company.

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    Multi-modal Reinforcement

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