We all encounter people we find difficult, and typically conversations with them leave us feeling stressed and frustrated. This workshop explores what is happening in those exchanges and demonstrates how people can adapt their strategies to bring about more productive conversations with those they find difficult. Individual approaches for dealing with difficult people will be discussed, with an emphasis on understanding and adapting one’s approach to create different results. Participants will explore how to deal with patterns of passive aggressiveness, resistance, and chronic anger, and how to begin to change difficult patterns using a straightforward, five-step approach.
Credit Hours (CEU)
Some of the Topics Reviewed
- Who is a Difficult Person?
- Shift Judgment to Curiosity
- The Cycle of Escalating Difficult Behavior
- Approaches for Dealing with Difficult People
- Strategies for Dealing with Bullying Behavior
- Skills for Dealing with the Passive Aggressive Person
- How to Defuse the Angry Person
- Strategies for Dealing with the Resistant Person
About this Workshop
ABOUT THE TRAINER
Mike has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution. He has over twenty years of experience as a leader in the mediation and conflict resolution field. Mike believes that education and training is largely about giving hope – people often come to a training to address a particular situation, and they want to leave with a plan to change it. In addition to facilitating workshops, he is a Mediator and is co-author of the book, The Culture Question. Mike is the author many of ACHIEVE’s workshops including Emotional Intelligence and Mediation. As a trainer, he uses his experiences working in a manufacturing environment, inner-city drop-in, boys camp, and as a mediator to illustrate the material. Mike has an interactive and engaging style that easily motivates participants to incorporate workshop material into their own environments.
This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop.