Conducting Difficult Conversations With Students: How To Change Negative Situations Into Positive Relationships

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Instructors decided to work in colleges and universities in order to make a positive contribution to the lives of learners. In most cases, we are able to work hard in reaching these goals.

In some cases, however, students may have difficulty staying focused, get into trouble, fail to achieve success, skip class, become disruptive, and exhibit other distracting behaviors. When students get off track, we may need to meet with them and talk with them about their issues. Because these conversations may be negative, they are called Difficult Conversations. In many situations, difficult conversations can take a negative turn and turn into a confrontational tone or cause the student to discount your feedback and make the situation much worse than it was at the start of the process. In other cases, a difficult conversation that is effectively delivered can actually cause a positive reaction by the student and become a turning point in their educational career. What makes the difference? In this webinar, you will learn the essential strategies and behaviors that will help you successfully conduct difficult conversations.

  • Understand the key skills needed to conduct difficult conversations with others
  • Gain the skills to clearly describe the issue or problem
  • Remain calm and focused when delivering the difficult conversation and when being confronted by the receiver of the difficult conversation
  • Implement self-protection strategies to work through the emotions normally associated with delivering difficult conversations
  • Use a template to successfully plan and deliver difficult conversations when necessary
  • Apply follow-up strategies to ensure that the issues discussed in the difficult conversation are implemented by the person receiving the refinement message
  • Use strategies to ensure the person receiving the message understands what needs to be improved
  • 2-year institutions & 4-year institutions
  • Administration
  • Academic Affairs
  • Student Services/Affairs
  • Faculty (full-time & part-time)
  • Anyone on campus who works with students
“In this session, you will learn the skills you need to be successful in delivering difficult messages and conducting difficult conversations with others. The strategies presented in this session are practical and straight-forward and can immediately be put to use in your setting. This information has helped thousands feel comfortable and confident in this difficult area.”

Dr. John Eller is a sought after consultant and presenter. He has had extensive experiences working with a variety of students over the years. He is currently a professor, department chair, and program director for the Applied Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at St. Cloud State University. He has taught classes at every level including doctoral, Masters and post-Masters, undergraduate, and at the K-12 level and worked at large and small universities and private colleges.

Eller has also worked as a school principal and was honored in 1994 as the Iowa Principal of the Year and a National Distinguished Principal with the US Department of Education. John has worked with thousands of people on the topic of working successfully with difficult and resistant people, conflict resolution, conflict coaching, peer coaching, effective teaching practices, and other topics.

In addition to his work with colleges and universities, Eller has also consulted with K-12 school districts, businesses, and government agencies. His most recent government agency work includes: the Federal Aviation Administration, the US Department of Homeland Security, the Administrative Offices of the US Court System, the US Army Warrior Battalion, the US Army National Guard, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

He has his PhD. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Loyola University-Chicago and his MS in Educational Leadership from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Dr. Eller has authored the following books:
Working with Difficult and Resistant Staff, through Solution Tree Publishers.
Score to Soar: Moving Teachers from Evaluation to Professional Growth, Solution Tree Press.
Thriving as a New Teacher, Solution Tree Publishers.

Effective Group Facilitation in Education: How to Energize Meetings and Manage Difficult Groups, and co-authored So Now You’re the Superintendent, Creative Strategies to Transform School Culture, Working with and Evaluating Difficult School Employees and the best selling, Energizing Staff Meetings, all though Corwin Press.

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Staff Recognition: Develop a program around the webinar with monthly themes and recognize the staff members that implement the best idea related to the theme.

Team-Building: Utilize these trainings to develop cross-functional and cross-discipline teams to foster collegiality.

New Employee Training: Include the online training as part of your new employee training program to ensure consistency.

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