All managers, team leaders, business owners and employees need to conduct difficult conversations at some time or another. Although difficult conversations cannot be avoided, they can be successfully managed to achieve the most positive outcomes.
Understanding, empathy and professional skill development are necessary qualities that help to keep you in control of difficult conversations before, during and after them; so that you can achieve the desired outcomes. Having a good understanding of your own personality type, as well as knowing how to best interact with other personality types, is a specific skill taught in the course.
This highly valuable and engaging course empowers professionals to handle difficult conversations with ease to achieve professional success and improve interactions amongst staff.
The Managing Difficult Conversations course by PD Training is now available throughout Australia including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Parramatta and Perth and also via instructor-led online training.
Please click on the Public Class tab below to view our Managing Difficult Conversations course schedule by city, or click the In-House Training tab to receive a free quote for courses delivered at your preferred location.
|Course name||Length||Outline||Next class|
|Change Management - Managing Your Team Through Change||1.0 day course||February 1|
|Coaching and Mentoring Training||1.0 day course||December 14|
|Conflict Resolution Training||1.0 day course||February 20|
|Creative Problem Solving Training||1.0 day course||February 12|
|Leadership Training Course to Develop Strong Leaders||2.0 day course||January 29|
|Meeting Management Training||1.0 day course||View schedule|
|Motivating Employees Training||1.0 day course||View schedule|
|Negotiation Training||1.0 day course||February 2|
|Supervising Others Training||1.0 day course||January 29|
|Team Building Training||1.0 day course||View schedule|
|Mentoring Training||1.0 day course||View schedule|
|Highly Effective Management||2.0 day course||January 29|
|Measuring Results from Training||1.0 day course||View schedule|
|Employee Engagement Training||1.0 day course||View schedule|
|Performance Management and Appraisals Training||1.0 day course||View schedule|
|Recruitment and Selection Training||1.0 day course||View schedule|
|Employee Onboarding Training||1.0 day course||View schedule|
|Critical Thinking Training||2.0 day course||February 13|
|Managing Difficult Conversations Training||1.0 day course||View schedule|
|Business Ethics Training||1.0 day course||View schedule|
|Effective Delegation Training||1.0 day course||March 7|
|Managing Virtual Teams Training||1.0 day course||View schedule|
|Delivering Constructive Criticism Training||1.0 day course||View schedule|
|Commercial Acumen for Managers Training||1.0 day course||View schedule|
|Manage People and Performance Training||1.0 day course||December 14|
"Leigh was a great trainer!very engaging and the injection of humour throughout the course made it more enjoyable."
"The most useful part of the course was learning about the different variations of listeners."
"The trainer developed rapport with all the individuals and was excellent in his delivery of the training. Excellent session and very relevant to businesses. I put 100% as knowledgeable as we covered listening, funnels etc which is day to day items and very useful to know. "
"I really enjoyed the course, it is very relevant to my day to day job. Joe was a great trainer, and his style is very engaging. I will definitely be recommending that other people within the organisation complete the training. I also enjoyed the group activities."
"The skills I learnt to manage difficult conversation is valuable. Being in a group with fellow peers provided me with additional skills too."
"Jill is a great trainer and made the environment comfortable."
"Really enjoyed the role plays and the trainer was really good at keeping my attention & Interest."
"I found Deidre very personable and it's probably the first course I've done where I didn't find my mind drifting."
"This was delivered very well, with great examples and applications for my work. Very active and engaging presenter."
"Had a great day of training :)"
-Redland City Council
"Interaction directly with facilitator and other trainees was very helpful and created a pleasant instruction environment."
"I found it to be like a refresher course as I have had similar courses before in the Insurance Industry, The course is well worth doing."
"The facilitator did an excellent job and would thoroughly recommend him and other courses he would conduct."
-Biomedical Technology Services
"The course was fantastic and extremely helpful in my line of work."
-VITS Language Link
"Most useful part of the course was the ability to have the discussions and see other responses to potential difficult conversation. I do not have any feedback for least useful."
"Jen was a very effective facilitator! I appreciated her delivery, time management and how she was able to elicit responses from the more quiet participants. I was very happy with the content, delivery and discussions. I would recommend this course be run for all Leidos managers and Service Line Leads."
"Difficult conversations are the worst, but having a strategy and structure around them makes them no less worse but able to be had with some confidence has made me more prepared to carry this important leadership aspect . Pretty good job PD thanks"
"Definitely one of the better courses I have attended, very good trainer."
"The trainer knew his topic and was great at building rapport. He had a very varied group - some with a lot of experience and very specific needs and others who obviously have not had any training in this area before. He handled this varied group very well and respectfully. Once we got to the nitty gritty of difficult conversation in the afternoon the pace picked up and I felt we were getting some really useful, and new information."
"Great course, great trainer, would definitely recommend this."
"This is no doubt the best training session I have ever attended in my professional career. Derrick is a very knowledgeable training and the course is very well designed."
"Best training I've been to in a long time. Jen was brilliant."
-Australian Federal Police
"Fantastic presenter well delivered."
"The trainer was very helpful, and enthusiastic."
"Great course, Trainer was engaging, approachable and professional."
"I liked the fact there was no PowerPoint presentation and it was more of a workshop setting."
"Enjoyed the course. Very informative and helpful."
-Department Of Communities
"It helped me a lot in quite a few areas of my job role. I found it a very interesting course."
Canterbury League Club
"This course was very timely and has given me some very good skills to take with me to a performance discussion the next day."
"I absolutely loved the addition of the graphic facilitator. It is much more to my learning style, it was fun, and it helped to capture the main points of the day and was really memorable."
Prime Minister & Cabinet
"Class was not too formal and rigid which made it more interactive and engaging."
"Understanding different personalities. Great exercise to appreciate all approaches and communication/management styles."
"Great course, great trainer."
Canterbury League Club
"Very good, very worthwhile."
"Loved the personality profiling and learning about different traits and how to react to them."
Atlas Professionals (Formerly Programmed Marine)
Managing Difficult Conversations requires specialised knowledge and skill development, because these types of conversations can be quite challenging to manage without them. During this training course, participants develop an understanding of where, when, why and how to conduct difficult conversations.
The goal of this course is to empower professionals to be in control of a difficult conversation at all stages of the interaction, so that they can achieve the desired outcome. It is a necessary skill in the management of human resources, handling of difficult customers and team management.
See the Live Online tab for the course outline for the live online course
Choosing to Have the Conversation
Toolkit for Successful Conversations
Choosing the Time and Place
Framework for Difficult Conversations
Testing the waters
When you want a tailored learning experience targeting exactly what you want without bringing everyone physically together, the best choice is a Live Online Class run by PDT.
We tailor the content and activities to be specific to your current needs and the needs of the people and run the course in our usual activity-based workshop style training, however, the participants can all be offsite, or some can be in the room with others offsite.
Unless you have a preferred tools we use 'Zoom for Education' that includes enhanced collaboration features such as One-click content sharing, real-time co-annotation (people can work together in activity files), and digital whiteboarding, we also include things like live polls and group chats so you virtually have the same collaborative learning experience of attending a course in a room with other people.
We have delivered these 100's (if not 1000's) of times, and get great outcomes. We achieve great outcomes because we keep our learner centric approach - just because it’s delivered through a screen to some or all participants doesn’t mean it needs to be less tailored or less personalised.
You still have an expert trainer who talks to you prior to the session and tailors the delivery to use your terminology, ensure activities are relevant and directly applicable and ensures an engaging learning experience that provide people with skills and techniques they can apply the very next day.
A hybrid class is with some people connecting online, and some people physically together in the same room.
We provide the Training Management Centre which is an information hub before, during and after training.
(Let us know if there’s parts you don’t want to use)
Invites people to training
(So you don’t have to)
Generates Sign in Sheet
(So you don’t have to)
Generates Branded Flyer
If you want to ‘promote’ internally
PDF’s of Certificates
(can be co-branded with your logo)
Collects and Reports feedback
(So you don’t have to)
Complete Results Dashboard
(including trainer insights)
At the completion of training participants are encouraged to create an action plan, and invite an accountability buddy via their Orgmenta App.
In your Training Management Centre you have transparency to the action plans so you can see what people are going to do differently.
Our systems and people make it easy to identify how you’ll be able to measure impacts,
and then report on the success in the weeks or months after training.
It’s surprisingly easy to make it so that your system can automatically be up to date with all the training record details you need.