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Sharpening Communication Skills: Having Difficult Conversations and Getting Better Results

Having difficult conversations is one of the hardest things to do, whether you are talking with kids or adults. The best communicators, however, know that when the outcome of the conversation matters greatly, it’s a discussion that has to be held. The worst thing you can do is hold your thoughts and feelings inside. Eliminate passive aggressive behavior and get on with the conversation with strategies from these resources.
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Sharpening Communication Skills: Having Difficult Conversations and Getting Better Results
  • Debi Christensen says:
    A conversation is not a conversation when neither side is willing to listen to each other, especially when important outcomes are on the table. If you must talk with students, parents, other teachers and administrators, this book shows how to have high stakes conversations with anger and resentment.
  • Debi Christensen says:
    A teacher summarizes this popular business book so that the concepts can be applied to the work at school. This is a great tool if you don’t have the time to read the book. Jane Raissle has presented the basic elements of this book, and she’s done such a tremendous job that you may find yourself wanting to read the entire book.
  • Debi Christensen says:
    This executive book summary explores the idea of crucial confrontations — those times when you must have direct conversations with other people if a trust has been violated. The PDF is a quick read that does more than give you the gist of the book; it also gives you the tools you need for confronting those around you.
  • Debi Christensen says:
    Let’s face it, no one works or lives in a vacuum. You work and live with other people, who at some point by omission or commission may let you down. Whether intentional or not, it happens, but you don’t have to get upset about it or ignore the situation in the hopes it will go away.
  • The 8th Habit

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    Debi Christensen says:
    The seven habits of highly effective people has been required reading for decades, but it’s this book that addresses what so many people are seeking: how to have a voice and be valued for what you do. You can be more than an effective teacher; you can be great.
  • sourcesofinsight.com
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    The Influencer Change Framework

    7 minute read
    Debi Christensen says:
    You have only nine months to make a profound difference for the students you teach. Some of them may be behind in grade level or politely disinterested in what you have to say. You have to teach them nonetheless. In doing so, you’ll create disruptive chaos — the kind of change that allows for fast transition and growth. This article summarizes the book that is required reading for many business classes.
  • teachingchannel.org
    teachingchannel.org

    Difficult Conversations: When Coaches Have To Have A Talk With Teachers

    5 minute read
    Debi Christensen says:
    Sheila Banks offers three simple strategies for those times when you have to have a difficult conversation with a student, a colleague, parents, or even your administration. If you approach the challenge as an opportunity, you are already halfway there. As a teacher, you might just have the perfect opportunity to clarify and teach/reteach, too.
  • psychologytoday.com
    psychologytoday.com

    Speak Up or Burn Out

    8 minute read
    Debi Christensen says:
    Knowing when and how to have crucial conversations may be what saves your career in education as well as your sanity. This article discusses how difficult situations require honest conversations to improve educational excellence. True leadership is about addressing the problem head on, whether you are a teacher or an administrator.
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