How to Manage Difficult Conversations

Managers and team leaders wanting to develop or refine their skills in managing employee performance during difficult times and in delivering difficult messages to their subordinates, colleagues, or superiors.


Expected Duration
29 minutes

For managers, approaching a difficult conversation – whether it’s with a direct report, colleague, or manager – can be immensely stressful. Handled the wrong way, this kind of conversation can also damage your work relationships and leave you feeling unsure of your abilities. With the right preparation and mindset, you can make sure this doesn’t happen. In this course, you’ll learn some basic guidelines about when and where to initiate a difficult conversation, and useful steps for managing the associated stress. You’ll learn how to prepare for a difficult conversation using a four-step process, so that you’re confident and able to manage the conversation constructively. Finally, you’ll learn how to demonstrate that you have the right mindset during the conversation so that it has the best possible outcome.


How to Handle Tough Conversations

  • identify guidelines on when it’s appropriate to have a difficult conversation
  • recognize examples of four steps for managing the stress of a difficult conversation
  • identify examples of how to analyze the facts when preparing for a difficult conversation
  • recognize examples of how to analyze emotions when preparing for a difficult conversation
  • select examples of how to identify your goal and plan a difficult conversation
  • recognize ways to demonstrate the appropriate mindset during a difficult conversation
  • use techniques for handling difficult conversations




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