We often have to deal with difficult people in our professional environment and sometimes even in our personal everyday life. Any interaction or communication with such people can prove challenging and consumes a lot of our time and energy. Such situations can easily turn emotional and unproductive with long term effects on relationships.

Fortunately difficult people are well studied and psychologists have found a great deal on the origin of their behaviour and subsequently on how best to deal with them based on their inherent weaknesses. This course relies heavily on the latest psychological research and provides several concise easy-to-use formulas that delegates can use to deal with challenging situations promptly.

The course is packed with exercises, relevant case studies and role plays that enables delegates to understand the methods better and practice them immediately after introduction. Optional activities and exercises are also provided to easily extend the course and adjust the pace for different needs.

In this highly practical course you will learn:

What is the Ideal Strategy?

  • What is the best mental attitude when confronted with challenging people?
  • What is an ideal long term strategy?
  • Why self-examination is important and how best to do it?
  • How to deal with conflicts, physically and emotionally
  • What is “ironic processes of mental control” and how can it help in optimising the delivery of your demands?
  • How to commit to action and get optimum results next time you are challenged by a difficult person

How to Repond to People

  • What are the four responding styles, when to use them and where should you avoid using them?
  • How to avoid unpredictable reactions to your comments by observing and analysing the other person for specific signs
  • How to listen and respond emphatically and connect when needed

How to Engage in a Conversation

  • What to do to stay focused on a conversation and avoid drifting away?
  • What is ‘click-wirr’ and how to use it in a conversation?
  • What non-verbal signals you should be aware of and use?
  • What is ‘click-wirr’ and how to use it in a conversation?

How to Handle Conflicts

  • What is the optimum process of conflict resolution?
  • What are conflict resolutions styles?
  • What is the optimum process of conflict resolution?
  • What are conflict resolutions styles?

How to Deal with Confrontations

  • What is APA communication model and how can you use it to manage difficult people?
  • How to use the 5-Step Guide to Confrontations
  • What can be learned from confrontation examples?

How to Deal with Reactive and Toxic Words

  • How to prevent a challenging conversation by choosing the right words
  • What are the toxic statements, phrases, gestures and attitudes that can significantly affect your conversation and relationship with the other person?
  • How to avoid using them and handle people who use them on you

How to Look for Patterns

  • What are the characteristics of difficult people and how to deal with them?
  • What are the example behaviours?
  • What are the origins of theirs behaviour?
  • How to use these patterns to handle difficult people

Audience: Anyone
Prerequisites: None
Course Duration: 1 day.
Course Level: Beginners & Intermediate