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Having difficult conversations


Cost: £255.00

One of the most challenging parts of managing performance is initiating conversations around sensitive topics.

This full day event will give you practical and effective techniques to confidently conduct and manage difficult conversations with staff.


Business need

Tackling contentious issues in a balanced, calm and consistent way is a valued skill in all areas of life. In a workplace context these skills can help promote productivity, employee engagement and lead to an overall better managed workforce.

Managers who avoid difficult conversations risk undermining their own position and potentially losing credibility with staff.

Immerse yourself in a safe role-play environment where you will gain hands on experience of how to manage discussion around a range of uncomfortable subjects including personality clashes, discipline and dismissal.

This event will also cover ways to address sensitive subject matters like bullying, emotional issues, resistance to criticism and poor performance.

All delegates will receive an electronic certificate of attendance for their participation in the training.


Suitable For

Delegates from all sectors of industry including: managers, supervisors, team leaders, HR professionals, business owners, Trade Union representatives, employee representatives and individuals who wish enhance their CPD.

NB: This event will give delegates practical experience and attendees should be prepared to engage in role play exercises.



Our expert-led training sessions are designed to facilitate discussion and interaction. This event will cover:

     Facing the problem:

  • What is a difficult conversation?
  • When should I speak to the employee?


     How to prepare and plan in advance:

  • Gathering information
  • Checking your policies
  • Think about your approach and the outcome


     Communication skills and techniques:

  • Keeping in control
  • Questioning and listening skills
  • Body language and rapport


     Structuring the conversation:

  • Preparing your template
  • Holding the conversation
  • Solutions, follow up action and support

Venue The Barns Hotel - Bedford      Date 04/09/2019    Time 10:00 - 16:00   
Price £255.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt 
Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email events@acas.org.uk 

Dates and venues

4 September 2019, 10:00 - 16:00
The Barns Hotel, Bedford, Bedford, MK44 3SA

Cost: £255.00

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Event organiser

Euston Tower
286 Euston Road
United Kingdom

0300 123 1150
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