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Available Open Courses

Learn practical tools that you can use in real-life situations.
  • Handle those people that don’t do the right thing.
  • Manage your emotions, so you stay in control.
  • Nip problems in the bud, so they don’t get out of hand.
  • Learn when to compromise and when to stand firm.
  • Negotiate solutions, rather than argue about blame.
  • Boost your self-confidence and assertiveness skills.
  • Use positive feedback, as a way to change people.
Learn in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with people who are facing similar situations.

Handling Difficult People and Poor Performance Issues Workshop

Course Pricing and Availability

Also Available:- In House Training

This course is also available as a bespoke in house group training course in the UK and worldwide. We can tailor the content to fit your specific needs.
Group training costs from £1,850 +VAT per day for up to 20 delegates (international training price varies).

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One Day open training course: £435 +VAT per delegate.
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We currently offer training courses in: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Heathrow, Central London, Oxford, Swindon, Bristol, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Leeds, Nottingham, Southampton, Glasgow, Scotland, Dubai, UAE.

Please note all our training courses include three months additional FREE telephone coaching.

Course Timings: Start 09:00 - Finish 16:30. Lunch at 13:00, Tea Breaks at 11:00 and 15:00, giving you an opportunity to check emails and make calls.
6 trainer-led hours, additional 2-3 via post-course portal independent learning

About the Workshop

On occasion, some of the people you work with can be difficult to handle.

And these same people are often clever and eloquent but they can also be argumentative and stubborn.
And so you need to know how to properly handle them.

But the problem is you don’t know how to deal with them.

The inability to handle difficult people is causing you problems.
Is that the reason why you are searching online? You need to find a training course that will show you exactly what to say, and also what NOT to say.

If this description seems to fit your current circumstances, then you need to book yourself onto this course today.
Please ensure that you benefit from the extremely informative and popular training day.

On occasions, you need to handle difficult people; in order to handle difficult people you need to communicate in ways that are clear, rational and positive.

Course content was excellent, really useful with good methods that can be used in the workplace on a daily basis. Trainer's presentation was good, clear and understandable.

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Course Overview

This course will help you:

Day One - Morning

  • Decide what target-behaviours you want to see achieved and explain them to others.
  • Avoid poor performances caused by failing to properly explain the standards required.
  • Decide how you, yourself, wish to be perceived and act accordingly.
  • Distinguish the language of fair criticism from the language of unfair insults.
  • Give constructive criticism to others in an assertive and professional way.

Day One - Afternoon

  • Find mutually agreeable solutions to which the other person will commit.
  • Know when to compromise, and when to stand firm.
  • Be assertive, when facing a difficult person.
  • Use your body language and voice tones correctly.
  • Motivate others by the proper use of your words.

This training course was amazing. I have taken so much away from these two days. Thanks. Will assist my future development. The trainer was great and always had my attention. Wish the course was longer.

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Handling Difficult People Course Content

Handling Difficult People Training - AM

Six principles of communication:

In order to manage difficult people, you need to gain agreement on:

  1. The goal - what are we trying to achieve.
  2. The reason - why are we trying to achieve it?
  3. The plan - how are we going to reach the goal?
  4. How to handle other people’s emotions.
  5. How to express your own emotions.
  6. Gaining the cooperative assistance of others.

Notes on the use and misuse of humour.

How to use, and how to not sure humorous comments.

Personal standards

How do you wish to be perceived? Decide and then act accordingly.


Agree what the desired goal is. If you wish to be more assertive, then develop your sense of goal focus:

How to make language more specific and more meaningful.

The use of numbers in order to make yourself clearer.

You need to explain your ideas in definite terms.
How to define your key concepts and most important ideas.

The difference between affirmative and negative language.
The difference between being critical and cynical.
Notes on how to be more positive.

Embedded commands.

Embedded command is a form of accidental error of language (e.g. saying 'don't worry' will cause people to worry)

Summary of the morning session

The course content was very useful and practical, as I can apply the skills gained not only at work but outside of the office environment. The trainer's presentation was excellent. Everything was very clear, easy to understand follow. Chris is very knowledgeable and has very good advice.

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Handling Difficult People Training - PM

Four ways to approach difficult situations:

  • Rationally assertive: the proper method.
  • Emotional and angry: the wrong method.
  • Emotional and upset: another wrong method.
  • Avoidance: another wrong method.

Learn the difference between “objective” and “subjective” language.

To be assertive you should use “behavioural statements” and “objective language”.

The use of the “wrong box / right box” technique.

The difference between “reasons” and “excuses” and what policy you should have to each one
If the other person gives you reasons, then you should negotiate.
If the other person gives you excuses, then you should not negotiate.

Don’t get bogged down talking for too long about the past.
Do take the conversation into the future. Talk about what you want to happen next.

The assertive use of body language

  • Posture
  • Hand gestures
  • Eye contact

The assertive use of voice tones

  • Volume
  • Pace
  • Pitch

Notes on the proper use of praise and appreciation.

Praise is powerful: The proper use of praise to reinforce the change.
The absence of praise and appreciation is often the cause of bad feelings.
To get the best from others, you must praise and appreciate them for the behaviours you want to see repeated.

Final summary and action planning.

The Training Method

The training method follows this general pattern - the training is very interactive and interesting:

  1. The trainer gives a clear explanation of the point in question with specific examples.
  2. Then, the delegates practice by doing an exercise with each other.
  3. The delegates practice by doing an exercise with the trainer.
  4. All points are supported with full written notes to take away.
  5. Delegates are asked to write down an associated action, for each point made.
    (At the end of the day, we have about twenty such actions, from which the delegates choose six which are the most personally meaningful).

Note: we do not believe in placing people in any situation of embarrassment by demanding that they 'perform' in front of the whole group. So you can relax: come on this course and be at ease; ready to learn new skills!

Course content was joined up, simple to follow, made good sense, practical. Trainer’s presentation was very good, kept topic moving never stuck, engaged delegates. Easy listening, very articulate.

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Price for open training course

You are able to book this course online today.

The open training course costs only £435 +VAT per delegate . For this price we provide:

  • Full day of quality training
  • Tea, coffee and cakes
  • Lunch
  • Full colour course notes
  • Written action plan
  • Certificate
  • Additional training material by means of monthly updates
  • Access to the Post Course Portal

Plus 3 months free telephone coaching

To answer any on-going questions, you will also receive email and telephone support from your trainer after you have attended the course. Whilst you are implementing what you have learned we will be there to help you if you need us for advice, guidance and coaching.

After the course, how can you to keep the training-momentum going?

We understand that it is important to keep the momentum of the training going, in the weeks after the course. The ideas and methods that you learnt during the course need to be implemented, not just for the two weeks after the course, but for all time!

In order to make that happen, we will give you continued, on-going support after the training course has finished. The support comes in the form of the Post Course Portal.

The Post Course Portal is a web page that contains a review of all the course material, plus the following:

  • Newsletters containing training blogs and articles, which will provide you with ongoing training and good ideas, whenever you need them.
  • Fun questionnaires that are designed to tease out your strengths and weaknesses and then give you ideas as to how you might improve your performance.
  • Decision matrices that will allow you to make decisions and prioritise tasks into the correct order.
  • Summary diagrams and mind maps from the course.
  • Conflict scripts that give you examples of how the conflict method can be used, in real life situations.
  • Free eBook the effective leader manager.

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Price for in house training course

In House Course: from £1,850 +VAT per day (international training price varies) for up to 20 delegates

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