How to Manage Difficult Conversations at Work http://www.themanagementskills.com
Introduction <ul><li>The work environment is not always rosy and bright. You may have experienced or seen others go throug...
Business Conversations <ul><li>Good conversations are always pleasant and fruitful, leaving you with a feeling of accompli...
Important <ul><li>Unfortunately, not all conversations can be that way.  </li></ul><ul><li>When you are faced with a diffi...
Main Tips  Difficult Conversations <ul><li>Keep the conversation private.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select a place where you ...
<ul><li>Listen and paraphrase.: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hear out the other person, listen attentively and rephrase what he s...
<ul><li>Be direct and never judgmental: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you have something to say, whether it is good news or bad...
<ul><li>Involve the person in the solution: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Involving the person in problem solving will make him fe...
<ul><li>Next time you are faced with a difficult conversation, don't fret. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, difficult conversat...
Thank You http://www.themanagementskills.com
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Difficult conversations

  1. 1. How to Manage Difficult Conversations at Work http://www.themanagementskills.com
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>The work environment is not always rosy and bright. You may have experienced or seen others go through difficult conversations with a peer, a boss or a subordinate. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Business Conversations <ul><li>Good conversations are always pleasant and fruitful, leaving you with a feeling of accomplishment. However, this doesn't happen all the time. </li></ul><ul><li>At work, business conversations can always end on a positive note if everyone involved has good communication skills. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Important <ul><li>Unfortunately, not all conversations can be that way. </li></ul><ul><li>When you are faced with a difficult employee, it's like talking to a stonewall. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Main Tips Difficult Conversations <ul><li>Keep the conversation private. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select a place where you can talk to the person privately, so you prevent involving other people or increasing the size of the problem. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be in control of the conversation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State the purpose of the conversation and what you hope to accomplish in the end. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Listen and paraphrase.: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hear out the other person, listen attentively and rephrase what he said. Clarify the points he made. Never interrupt unless the person is taking too much time or going into a different direction. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use the words &quot;I&quot; and &quot;and&quot; instead of &quot;you&quot; and &quot;but”: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The word &quot;you&quot; can make someone feel you are criticizing or accusing him. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>While the word &quot;but&quot; can be deemed argumentative and defensive. It also negates the value of whatever was said prior to it. </li></ul></ul>Main Tips Difficult Conversations
  7. 7. <ul><li>Be direct and never judgmental: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you have something to say, whether it is good news or bad news, say it in a clear, simple, direct and tactful manner. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be prepared for negative reactions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be prepared to diffuse the situation by taking a breath and bringing the conversation back to the facts. </li></ul></ul>Main Tips Difficult Conversations
  8. 8. <ul><li>Involve the person in the solution: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Involving the person in problem solving will make him feel valued. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Say thank you: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thanking the person at the end of the conversation shows respect for them. </li></ul></ul>Main Tips Difficult Conversations
  9. 9. <ul><li>Next time you are faced with a difficult conversation, don't fret. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, difficult conversations are opportunities for you to turn something negative into something positive. </li></ul><ul><li>It's a challenge you should be willing to face in the work place. </li></ul><ul><li>After all, a life without challenges is uninspiring. </li></ul>Conclusion
  10. 10. Thank You http://www.themanagementskills.com

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