Influencing Difficult People

Dif­fi­cult peo­ple have learned that their approach­es help them get their way. It seems that this small num­bers of dif­fi­cult peo­ple cause most of the stress in our lives-rob­bing us of our pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and sat­is­fac­tion. Our usu­al respons­es only seem to make it worse. In this inter­ac­tive work­shop, you will learn to rec­og­nize the pat­terns some peo­ple use to devel­op the skills and respons­es need­ed to deal with these pat­terns more effec­tive­ly and pro­duc­tive­ly. Short-term tac­tics nec­es­sary to pre­serve your san­i­ty and your pri­or­i­ties will be prac­ticed, as well as long-term strate­gies on how to cre­ate coop­er­a­tion and more pro­duc­tive rela­tion­ships. You will devel­op a per­son­al action plan to build and sus­tain your influ­ence in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions and in life in general.
What you will learn

  • Discuss the six assumptions that lead to successful interactions with difficult people.
  • Discuss the difference between influencing behaviour and changing people.
  • Relate how style preferences can cause difficulties around influencing, responding to people, pacing activity, and organizing.
  • Learn the four steps to influence difficult situations.
  • Identify techniques to manage your stress and anger, and to respond appropriately.
  • Conduct a “carefrontation.”
  • Develop personal action plans to influence the difficult people in your life.
This course has no prerequisites

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