Learn how to prepare for and successfully have difficult conversations with employees, managers, and colleagues.
- I'm Dr. Britt Andreatta, and I am pleased to welcome you to this course on Having Difficult Conversations. In this course, we're going to explore how you can have difficult conversations. There are generally three types of difficult conversations: those that go badly, those that go very well, and those that are avoided. We're going to focus on having a successful conversation that not only achieves the desired outcome but enhances the relationship as well. In this course, I'll share with you specific tips and strategies for having difficult conversations. We'll cover the four phases of successful conversations and specific components of the conversation itself.
We'll also look at when you have to initiate a difficult conversation, as well as when you're on the other side. This course will help you prepare step-by-step to have your conversation. Let's get started.
Along the way, learn the secrets of turning difficult conversations into successful interactions that enhance communication and rapport. Improve both your professional and personal relationships, finding your way back from conflict through mutually successful outcomes.
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- Understand why conversations go badly
- Define the influence of power structures and patterns in a difficult conversation
- Identify observable behaviors and use them to focus on facts and on how behaviors affect the business
- Control the direction of a conversation
- Build a blueprint from which to structure a conversation
- Identify and prepare for resistance during a difficult conversation
- Identify the conversational choices available to you when others resist your efforts
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Understanding Difficult Conversations
2. The Buildup Phase
3. The Reflection Phase
4. The Conversation Phase
5. The Follow-Through Phase
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