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Uncomfortable Conversations

Workplace Communication Training for Managers

Designed to make good managers great communicators, this highly-engaging course teaches how to confidently navigate difficult conversations with direct reports.


30 minutes   Pre-measurement  + 2 Course Modules

Manager Course   English and Spanish

Training Topics

Manager Training Effective Workplace CommunicationLeadership Development Performance ManagementDifficult Conversations


Engaging Training on Tough Topics

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Do your managers have the communication skills they need to lead a productive team?

Effective communication is vital for a healthy and productive workplace, particularly when challenging issues arise. This course uses relatable scenarios, humor, and practical tips to help managers overcome procrastination and swiftly initiate difficult conversations with direct reports. It teaches respectful handling of uncomfortable conversations, enhancing managers' skills and confidence and enabling better outcomes for everyone.

Learning Goals

Managers learn key communication skills, including:

  • Initiating difficult conversations at work instead of avoiding them or procrastinating.
  • Balancing empathy with their responsibilities as a manager during an uncomfortable conversation.​
  • Employing tips and strategies to effectively conduct and navigate a difficult conversation with their direct reports.
  • Maintaining dignity and respect for the employee throughout the uncomfortable conversation.

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Measure Success with Atana Insights

  • A 5-minute pre-measurement module establishes a baseline of your managers' attitudes on and awareness of issues related to having difficult conversations with direct reports.
  • Atana aggregates your learners’ responses to questions in the course related to desired workplace actions (such as promptness in addressing issues and balancing empathy and responsibility).
  • Using the gathered data, Atana Insights creates a benchmark of strengths and weaknesses within your organization’s culture and compares your results to national averages. Insights include an understanding of: 
    • Your managers' personal comfort with conflict.
    • How your managers are influenced by relationships with supervisors and subordinates. 
    • How confident and equipped your managers are to address low performance and other sensitive issues.

Course Details

The course is divided into two modules.

Modules not sold separately.
    • Module 1: Be Ready and Be Clear

      Enables managers to:

      • Think about and prepare what they want to say prior to starting the conversation.​
      • Clearly identify the problem and desired outcomes and expectations.​​
      • Anticipate potential reactions from their direct report so they aren’t caught off guard.​​
      • Nurture a positive and empathetic mindset when initiating a conversation with their direct report.​
      • Start the conversation with a statement that prepares the employee for what's coming.​
      • Clearly state the facts during the conversation.​
      • Explain the impact of the problem they are addressing.
      • Set expectations for what comes next.

      Training time:  15 minutes

    • Module 2: Be Steady

      Enables managers to:

      • Have the skills and confidence needed to avoid reacting emotionally during the conversation.
      • Maintain respect and redirect any sidetracks that may occur in order to stay on course.​
      • Get comfortable with the silence that may occur.
      • Balance empathy for the employee with their responsibility as a manager.

      Training time:  15 minutes

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    Healthcare Version

    • Designed for managers working in healthcare organizations
    • Same learning objectives and targeted behaviors
    • Relatable scenarios set exclusively in healthcare

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