Winning Strategies for Dealing with Difficult People

Effectively Confront Difficult Team Members or Clients

This program is designed to

Provide participants with skills, techniques, and strategies they need

Professionally and confidently deal with difficult people and situations, whether this involves an aggressive client or customer, or, an abrupt or discourteous employer or employee. This program will provide you with the confidence to overcome and diffuse any type of difficult person your may encounter in your workplace.

Winning Strategies for Dealing with Difficult People Material

The role of power, structure and tension in relationships
  • Explore the concept of power and its impact on relationship dynamics, including how power imbalances can influence interactions and decision-making.
  • Understand the role of structure in relationships, examining the rules, norms, and patterns that shape the power dynamics within a relationship or social system.
  • Examine the role of tension in relationships, including both constructive and destructive aspects, and how tension can be managed and navigated for healthier relationship dynamics.
  • Analyze case studies and real-world examples to gain insights into how power, structure, and tension interact and affect relationships, and discuss strategies for fostering more equitable and balanced relationships.
Conflict or compromise – selecting the right strategy
  • Understanding the differences between conflict and compromise as strategies for resolving disputes and reaching agreements.
  • Exploring the factors that influence the choice of conflict or compromise strategy in different situations, such as the nature of the conflict, relationship dynamics, and desired outcomes.
  • Analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of conflict and compromise strategies, considering factors such as long-term relationship implications, power dynamics, and mutual satisfaction.
  • Developing decision-making skills to assess when conflict or compromise is the most suitable strategy based on the specific context, goals, and desired outcomes of the negotiation or dispute resolution process
Dealing with anger
  • Recognizing and understanding the triggers and causes of anger in oneself and others.
  • Developing effective strategies for managing and regulating anger, including techniques for emotional self-control and de-escalation.
  • Learning communication skills to express anger constructively and assertively, while avoiding aggression or hostility.
  • Exploring conflict resolution techniques that can help address and resolve anger in interpersonal relationships, fostering understanding and positive solutions.
Neutralizing a hostile environment
  • Identifying signs and indicators of a hostile environment, including both overt and subtle forms of hostility or aggression.
  • Employing effective communication techniques to defuse hostility and create a more neutral and cooperative atmosphere.
  • Implementing conflict resolution strategies to address underlying issues and promote a more constructive and harmonious environment.
  • Cultivating empathy and understanding to foster a culture of respect, inclusivity, and collaboration, counteracting the hostile dynamics within the environment.
Building bridges instead of walls
  • Using empathy and understanding as foundational components for building bridges between individuals or groups with differing perspectives.
  • Promoting open and respectful communication to create an environment conducive to dialogue and collaboration, allowing for the exchange of ideas and perspectives.
  • Encouraging active listening and seeking common ground to bridge divides and find shared objectives or values.
  • Fostering opportunities for cooperative problem-solving and collective decision-making, focusing on mutual gains and solutions that benefit all parties involved.
Communication techniques in difficult situations
  • Practicing active listening to ensure full comprehension of the message being conveyed, even in challenging or emotional situations.
  • Developing skills in expressing oneself clearly and assertively while maintaining a respectful tone, helping to prevent misunderstandings or escalation.
  • Cultivating empathy and understanding to acknowledge and validate the emotions or concerns of others, fostering an environment of trust and openness.
  • Utilizing effective nonverbal communication techniques, such as maintaining eye contact, using open body language, and managing facial expressions, to enhance communication and establish a sense of comfort and connection.

Learning Outcomes

This course is designed to equip participants with valuable skills in managing difficult behavior and improving communication within professional settings. 

Dealing with difficult people through leadership
  • Identify the styles of difficult behavior and determine your own personal style
  • Build strategies for creating an atmosphere of positive communication
  • Identify ways people create and use conflict
  • Determine how and when to train, coach and counsel difficult employees
  • Develop tactics that can help manage difficult behavior
  • Diagnose underlying factors that cause barriers or breakdown of communication
  • Respond to difficult situations with professionalism and confidence

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