The Tackling Difficult Conversations Pocketbook

  • 37m
  • Peter English
  • Management Pocketbooks
  • 2009

At some stage or other we all have to deal with difficult conversations. It may be to express dissatisfaction with our own treatment or give feedback on someone's poor performance. You may have to make clear a tough decision or deny a request. Saying 'no' is not easy. The Tackling Difficult Conversations Pocketbook will help build your confidence, reduce your anxiety and equip you with the skills to steer emotionally-fuelled conversations towards a successful outcome. It helps you learn how to communicate with authority, clarity and persuasiveness, and - through active listening, mirroring body language and other techniques - how to empathize with the other person and how to interpret what they are saying, feeling and thinking. Being clear about the outcome you desire and recognising your own responses to conflict (and managing these constructively) will be crucial to your preparations. Timing, location and seating arrangements are factors too, as this pocketbook explains.

About the Author

Peter English has over sixteen years experience of helping thousands of managers and professionals to develop their interpersonal effectiveness. He has a particular interest in helping people at all organisational levels become more assertive and confident in tackling difficult conversations.

In this Book

  • How to Get the Most from This Book
  • The Right Mindset
  • Preparing for a Difficult Conversation
  • Creating the Right Atmosphere
  • Increasing Your Impact
  • Coping with Criticism
  • Giving Unwelcome Messages
  • Say No & Mean It
  • Expressing Strong Feelings
  • Ten Tips to Take Away
  • Further Information


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