Conflict, Criticism & Sensitive Subjects:
How to Talk About Difficult Topics at Work

Difficult Topics

Has a disagreement with a colleague ever blown up in your face? Perhaps you put off addressing employee problems because you weren't sure how to bring them up. Perhaps you'd like to give your boss some helpful feedback, but are concerned about the reaction you might get.

Because difficult conversations can feel uncomfortable and hazardous, we tend to avoid having them. However, delaying the discussion often makes the situation worse, sometimes resulting in serious business problems.

The secret to successfully handling these tough topics is learning to talk about them in the right way. Instead of producing defensiveness and arguments, a well-managed discussion can lead to mutual understanding and productive collaboration.

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Join us Tuesday, August 20, for Conflict, Criticism & Sensitive Subjects. In this webinar, you will learn specific strategies for discussing sensitive issues with co-workers, employees and management. Here are some of the subjects we will cover:

  • Recognizing when work discussions require special handling
  • Evaluating the "power equation" to determine the best approach
  • 7 questions you must answer before having a difficult conversation
  • Getting off to a good start with a carefully crafted opening statement
  • 3 different "road maps" for talking with bosses, co-workers & employees
  • 6 reasons why tough topics can be intimidating
  • The secret to complaining at work: always focus on the business problem
  • Reducing defensiveness by anticipating disagreements and focusing on facts
  • Staying on track: how to avoid arguments and encourage collaborative problem-solving
  • Agreeing on solutions and action steps: a sure sign of success
  • Learning to recognize when "letting it go" is the best strategy
  • How to manage the special challenge of talking with top executives

You can also pose your management question directly to Marie McIntyre. And because this is a webinar, there is no limit to the number of colleagues you can invite to sit in on this interactive event.



Pat DiDomenico, Editorial Director
Communication Briefings

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About Your Speaker:

Marie McIntyre

Marie McIntyre

Marie McIntyre is a workplace psychologist who operates an international career coaching business, and the website She has written a workplace advice column, Your Office Coach, for thirteen years and is the author of two business books, Secrets to Winning at Office Politics and The Management Team Handbook. Previously, Marie held management positions in both business and government, including Director of Human Resources in a Fortune 500 company. As a consultant, she has worked with a wide variety of organizations, including Cisco, The Home Depot, AT&T, Walgreens, Lockheed Martin, and the CDC. Marie’s career advice has appeared in Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Canadian Business, and many other publications.




  • Tuesday, August 20th
  • 1 - 2:15 p.m. ET
  • 10 - 11:15 a.m. PT

Since this is a webinar, you and your entire staff can attend in the comfort of your office or conference room for one low price! You may include as many people as you wish while listening on a single phone line or computer. Contact us for multi-site discounts.