Title: Dealing with Difficult Discussions - Description: Bill Cropper - The Change Forum
Director & Presenter
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…a roadmap & tools to convert destructive confrontation

into constructive conversation

Get on top of tough talks – conversation tools every leader needs

Still Places... BRISBANE August 7-8

SUNSHINE COAST Uni July 29-30 ~ TOOWOOMBA Oct 20-21

Register On-line by Email or Fax ~ Also In-House on Request

“Excellent, well worth attending. I wanted to investigate if I am actually avoiding or embracing difficult discussions… A great couple of days that provided ‘workable’ tools and much to reflect upon… it was the push I needed to reinvigorate my curiosity and confidence.” Daniel M. Cairns youth organisation


What’s a Difficult Discussion for you? What do you do when contention, dissension or disruptive behaviour are getting out of hand? Leaders are expected to be able to pour oil on troubled waters – whatever the nature of that might be… But how many of us can really accomplish this with ease? From what we hear, most of us feel challenged by these sorts of situations and often say we wish we’d been able to handle them better.

“Regardless of the amount of experience you have, you can always learn to do things better. I wanted to be confident I could choose the right language to deal with difficult discussions.  This program made me reflect more and acknowledge my contribution to difficult discussions.”   Karen P. Trinity Bay SHS


…Also in BRISBANE…

Positive Performance Conversations July 31

Mindful Leadership in ActionAug 19

Social Intelligence in Teams – Aug 26-27

** Register by JULY 31 for 10% less than standard early fee **

CALL 4068 7591… Register On-line… or by Email or Fax


“Dealing with Difficult Discussions” takes you on a memorable journey over 2 very full days through a unique 7-stage model with robust, easy-to-use tools that can help you navigate your way through troublesome topics more confidently and practise a methodical, step-by-step approach to resolve differences constructively. We unpack what’s really going on when talk becomes tense and feelings get fractious and try out ways you can prepare yourself for taking the heat out of hard talks. In a safe environment aimed at building your confidence as well as your conversation toolkit you’ll learn how to:

·         Decipher the dynamics of difficult discussions

·         Work out what’s going wrong in your difficult discussions

·         Identify common mistakes we make &  how to avoid them

·         Rehearse our unique 7-stage model for difficult discussions

·         Raise tough topics without raising so much defensiveness

·         Reduce tension & take the heat out of difficult moments

·         Face up to feelings – core of difficult discussions

·         Use formulas to beat discussion blockers like blame

·         Deal more confidently with difficult conversations

·         Start and finish well to resolve issues and repair relationships


“A very well-presented program with an excellent resource book. The entire program held my interest and I learned an incredible amount from every segment about how to have those difficult conversations without making the situation worse and approach them in a calmer, more productive way.” Lesley W. Gold Coast Health

Course Features:  Take-away a 100-page 2nd edition of our self-coaching guide with 20 tools and lots of tips. Practise our simple 7-stage model for dealing with difficult discussions and work on re-scripting your own cases. Do our Difficult Discussions Scorecard based on our 7-stage model to set goals and develop a conversational improvement plan.  [Outline and registration on-line]

Is this right for you? Difficult discussions come in all shapes and sizes. This clinic benefits anyone who wants to increase their conversational mastery and learn specific tools and techniques for handling different kinds of difficult discussions more confidently and constructively – managers, team leaders, committee members, project leaders, customer relations officers, community groups, teachers, facilitators, trainers...

“A really well-structured program with good content that introduced me to ideas and reasons why conversations can go so terribly wrong. It made me look at myself as a leader and pointed out areas in which I need to develop to ensure I become an effective one. The clinic has given me confidence to deal with difficult discussions I have put off in the past and the techniques I learnt and now use have already made a big change in the way I approach and deal with issues at work and in my personal life...” Carol R. Qld Health


REGISTER NOW On-Line, by Email or Fax…  

Winter EARLY FEE Extended to August 7…  plus Multiple place discounts

General (2-day clinic): (GST inc)   Single $770…  2-places $1496…

NFP/Schools: (GST inc)  Single $660…  2-places $1298…    

·         Prices include GST… Discount applies from date of registration

·         Payment on invoice within 14 days and prior to attendance

·         Venue:  Watermark Hotel Brisbane; IPL Centre Sunshine Coast Uni

·         Inclusions: Lunch, refreshments and comprehensive self-coaching Guide  

·         Timing: 8.30 am – 4.30 pm each day

CALL 07-4068 7591, Register on-line or download a form to return by Email/Fax

Preview tips on difficult discussions, performance conversations, emotional intelligence and more in our on-line FactFiles and e-zine Newsletters at www.thechangeforum.com

Look forward to working with you on improving your difficult discussion skills  – and please feel free to forward this message to other contacts you have in your region or networks who want to handle difficult discussions more competently and confidently...

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