The basic building block of all communication is the conversation. What, when, how and why we hold a conversation can have a profound impact on achieving our desired results.
But when the stakes are high, emotions run strong, or opinions conflict, we label these conversations as difficult. Whether we face difficult conversations with coworkers, clients, friends or family, invariably the same fear and apprehension comes over us the fear of failure or making matters worse.
During this two-part, online, interactive workshop, we will explore the construct, traps and pitfalls of difficult conversations, why they may go wrong and how to approach, plan and execute them in a more successful manner, using practical tips, tools and real-world examples.
By the conclusion, fear and apprehension of that difficult conversation will transform into confidence and encouragement.
NOTE: This is an interactive, virtual training session, which is different from a webinar. Participants will be expected to participate through voice and video, and to engage with each other and the facilitator in large and small group discussions, to learn from each other and practice skill development.
overcome barriers and turn conversations from difficult to collaborative
explore the structure of conversations and how they can either snare you or release you from "conflict traps"
become aware of conflict styles, personalities and emotions, and how each hinders or help conversations
learn effective and practical communication tools, including:
Avoiding communication "blockers"
First words to use
Agreeing vs. acknowledging
Framing and asking good questions
When to be empathetic, and when to be assertive
learn a simple yet powerful four-step technique to aid in having better and more collaborative conversations
This workshop is well-suited for any human services professional
Two 90-minute online sessions over two back-to-back days
Session Dates and Registration
There are no upcoming dates scheduled for this workshop. Additional dates will be available in the fall of 2020. More information will be posted here when available.
If you would like to inquire about bringing this virtual session to your organization or staff, please contact Christie Herrington.
Members: $90 + HST
Non-Members: $115 + HST
OMSSA will be hosting this virtual training using Zoom, an online, interactive training platform that you can join straight from your web browser, or by downloading 'Zoom Client for Meetings' on your computer or tablet.
Participants will be expected to join the session via both video and audio. Participants should therefore have access to a desktop computer, laptop computer or tablet with:
a webcam or built-in camera
a built-in microphone or a headphone jack where you can plug in a headset or earphones
We strongly recommend that participants use a headset or earphones with a built-in microphone in order to limit background noise.
System requirements: Click here for more detailed information on system requirements from Zoom.
Sharad Kerur has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and Master of Industrial Relations from Queen's University, with a focus on negotiation theory and alternative dispute resolution methods.
For over 30 years, Sharad held senior level positions in the union and association sectors. His most recent position was Executive Director of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA), Canada's largest non-profit housing association. As a result, he has a strong grasp on the business of non-profit organizations and associations, and real-world experience in negotiation and mediation.
Sharad is Harvard-trained, having obtained a Certificate in Mediating Disputes and a Certificate in Negotiating Difficult Conversations from the Harvard Negotiation Institute (Harvard Law School) and also holds a Certificate in Dispute Resolution and an Advanced Certificate in Dispute Resolution, both from the York University in Toronto.
Sharad has a Q.Med (Qualified Mediator) designation from the ADR Institute of Canada and is also a Certified Workplace Fairness Analyst accredited by the Workplace Fairness Institute of Canada. He has also obtained a Certificate in Civil Procedures for Non-Lawyer Mediators from the ADR Institute of Ontario.
He is currently on the Community Mediation Roster and Associate Mediation Roster with St. Stephen's Community House (Conflict & Training), where he also serves as an instructor in their mediation and conflict resolution training programs. He has been a guest lecturer for Humber College's Alternative Dispute Resolution program and he serves as a Dispute Resolution Educator, coach and instructor for York University's continuing education program in dispute resolution.
More recently, Sharad developed and now leads his own consultancy firm known as Resolution Pathways, which assists people and organizations to resolve conflicts.
With his knowledge, expertise, and experience, Sharad currently provides: