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Negotiation requires good communication skills, which are essential in identifying the needs and feelings of others in order to achieve a mutually acceptable resolution. Participants will discover that as well as assertiveness they will need empathy and a willingness to compromise to ensure a win-win outcome.

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Dealing with Aggressive Behaviour (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 50 minutes.

Aims:
• To help participants develop guidelines for dealing assertively with aggressive behaviour.
• To introduce the fogging technique as one way to assertively respond to aggressive behaviour.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 25 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 50 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To help participants develop guidelines for dealing assertively with aggressive behaviour.
• To introduce the fogging technique as one way to assertively respond to aggressive behaviour.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
We recommend using this module only when participants are able to recognise the difference between aggressive, submissive and assertive behaviour. (See the module, What is Assertiveness?.)

This module has two alternative handouts – one with work-based scenarios to discuss, and one with non-work-based scenarios.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms (required).

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Discounts and Desire - Using Discounts Wisely (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 75 minutes.

Aims:
• To help participants understand the importance of only using discounts at the appropriate point in the sales process and the risks of using them too soon.
• To help participants understand how buyers attach value and the relationship between value, desire and discounts.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 75 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To help participants understand the importance of only using discounts at the appropriate point in the sales process and the risks of using them too soon.
• To help participants understand how buyers attach value and the relationship between value, desire and discounts.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Anyone involved in sales.

You'll Need:
• To pre-prepare a poll based on the Trainer’s Handout.
• The Activity Link in Trainers’ Library.
• Your Activity Link PIN from the My Account section of the member homepage.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Polls/Quizzes (required, but not essential).
• Breakout Rooms (required).

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Facing up to Challenges - Assertiveness Role-Play (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.

Aims:
• To provide participants with an opportunity to practise responding assertively to a range of situations.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 20 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To provide participants with an opportunity to practise responding assertively to a range of situations.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This activity is designed to be used as a conclusion to training around assertive behaviour and is suitable for staff at all levels. It provides participants with an opportunity to practise responding assertively to a range of situations – whether with managing upwards, dealing with peers and colleagues or in personal situations.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms.

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How Assertive Are You? (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 30 minutes.

Aims:
• To help participants understand their current use of assertive behaviour and identify areas for improvement.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 10 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 30 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To help participants understand their current use of assertive behaviour and identify areas for improvement.

Group Size:
This module can be used with individuals as well as groups of up to 12 participants.

Useful For:
Staff up to supervisor level.

You'll Need:
• To send participants a copy of the handout to complete in advance of the training session.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

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Influence and Persuasion - The Political Games People Play (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 40 minutes.

Aims:
• To enable participants to consider the value and difficulty caused by organisational politics and political games.
• To create an understanding that managers cannot avoid politics, so need to know the games in which they may – deliberately or inadvertently – be playing.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 20 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 40 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To enable participants to consider the value and difficulty caused by organisational politics and political games.
• To create an understanding that managers cannot avoid politics, so need to know the games in which they may – deliberately or inadvertently – be playing.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
All managers, but particularly those who are new to management and may not understand the political nature of organisations, including their own.

You'll Need:
• Prepared flipcharts with simple 'cartoon' faces drawn on them - one face for each participant.
• Post-it notes.

Notes:
Politics is often seen as a ‘dirty word’ by many people, or as one in which they have no interest. The purpose of this module is for the participants to gain a more rounded understanding of what politics really means, and the importance politics play in influence and persuasion.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms.

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Influence and Persuasion - Where Does the Power to Influence Come From? (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 45 minutes.

Aims:
• To enable participants to understand what power is and where it comes from.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 25 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 45 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To enable participants to understand what power is and where it comes from.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
All managers, but particularly those who are new to management and may not understand that power comes from many different sources, not just authority.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms.

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Introduction to Transactional Analysis (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.

Aims:
• To provide participants with a way of understanding behaviour and improving communication.
• To provide a very basic introduction to transactional analysis.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To provide participants with a way of understanding behaviour and improving communication.
• To provide a very basic introduction to transactional analysis.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff up to junior managers.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This module is intended to provide a very simple introduction to transactional analysis, a theory developed by Eric Berne in the 1950s. If you are not familiar with transactional analysis you will need to read through all the notes carefully plus the additional material in the handout.

Go through the exercises on your own first so that you can see the rationale. If you have time, try to observe the different types “in play” in your own interactions with people.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Polls/Quizzes (essential).
• Breakout Rooms (recommended for larger groups).

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Island of Opportunity - A Test of Negotiation Skills (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 90 minutes.

Aims:
• To demonstrate the importance of building a clear understanding of needs and feelings in negotiation, through effective questioning and listening.
• To show the importance of separating people and personalities from the problems.
• To show the value of a shared problem/creative solution finding approach to negotiation.
• To provide an opportunity to practise negotiation, teamwork and problem solving skills.

About

Time:
This game can be played in about 60 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion and evaluation, we recommend allowing 90 minutes.

Aims:
• To demonstrate the importance of building a clear understanding of needs and feelings in negotiation, through effective questioning and listening.
• To show the importance of separating people and personalities from the problems.
• To show the value of a shared problem/creative solution finding approach to negotiation.
• To provide an opportunity to practise negotiation, teamwork and problem solving skills.

Skills and Behaviours Tested:
Negotiation skills, communication, leadership, teamwork and collaboration, and problem solving.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels who are involved in negotiating, but managers in particular.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided, but you might want to consider pre-assigning participants to their tribe and providing tribe members with their team brief and the island map in advance of the training session.

Notes:
It’s best to run this exercise module without too much explanation. This exercise has many different potential solutions – the learning comes from the experience of trying to find one that all parties can agree to.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms (required).

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Leaping to Assumptions - The Ladder of Inference (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 70 minutes.

Aims:
• To introduce participants to the Ladder of Inference.
• To help participants understand how quickly we can leap to assumptions about other people, which in turn can harden into deep-rooted beliefs.
• To understand how our beliefs impact on our communication with others.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 70 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To introduce participants to the Ladder of Inference.
• To help participants understand how quickly we can leap to assumptions about other people, which in turn can harden into deep-rooted beliefs.
• To understand how our beliefs impact on our communication with others.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Everyone who interacts with others at work.

You'll Need:
• An internet connection, the Activity Links and your PIN.

Notes:
This exercise can be useful in any communication skills course or workshop, though it is particularly relevant in training that explores difficult conversations, decision making and negotiations. This module works well when immediately preceded by Assumptions - The Witches of Glum (from the Icebreakers section in Trainers’ Library) as it also challenges our tendency to assume things.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms (required).

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Making and Refusing Requests (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 30 minutes.

Aims:
• To draw up some guidelines for making and refusing requests.
• To describe and practise a number of assertiveness techniques.
• To test participants’ understanding of assertive behaviour.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 15 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 30 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To draw up some guidelines for making and refusing requests.
• To describe and practise a number of assertiveness techniques.
• To test participants’ understanding of assertive behaviour.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. However, it is not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff up to supervisor level.

You'll Need:
• To send half of your participants a copy of Handout 1 before the training session, and the other half Handout 2. Make a note of who has been sent which handout and ask them not to share the contents of their handout with others prior to the training session.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms (essential).

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Miss-Communication (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 45 minutes.

Aims:
• To show participants how we all interpret information differently.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 25 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 45 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To show participants how we all interpret information differently.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It is not suitable for 1-1 use.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• Participants will need access to at least two sheets of plain A4 paper, a black marker pen or biro and, ideally, some coloured pens or pencils.

Notes:
This is a fun way to explore how we all see things differently. We recommend a minimum of 5 participants for this module to work well.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms.

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Negotiation - Shared Challenge or Competition? (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.

Aims:
• To identify the risks of negotiating from your own perspective without considering the other party’s.
• To help managers begin to understand why employee engagement is central to being a successful manager.
• To challenge common misconceptions about what makes a good salesperson or negotiator.
• To identify the benefits of relationship-based negotiation.
• To being to explore the behaviours needed to achieve win-win in negotiations.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 40 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To identify the risks of negotiating from your own perspective without considering the other party’s.
• To help managers begin to understand why employee engagement is central to being a successful manager.
• To challenge common misconceptions about what makes a good salesperson or negotiator.
• To identify the benefits of relationship-based negotiation.
• To being to explore the behaviours needed to achieve win-win in negotiations.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It is not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Anyone who needs to negotiate or sell.

Notes:
This is a useful introduction to any training where you want to develop your learners’ abilities to negotiate solutions using an approach based on shared challenge, rather than competition.

It illustrates the limitations of position-based negotiation.

It is possible to reduce the time needed for this module by 10 minutes by pre-briefing two participants.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Polls/Quizzes (optional).
• Breakout Rooms (essential).

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Repeatedly Difficult People - And How To Deal With Them

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 45 minutes.

Aims:
• To increase participants awareness of how their response to difficult behaviour might encourage it.
• To identify strategies for managing difficult behaviour that doesn’t reward the behaviour or lead to conflict.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 25 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 45 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To increase participants awareness of how their response to difficult behaviour might encourage it.
• To identify strategies for managing difficult behaviour that doesn’t reward the behaviour or lead to conflict.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
You might like to prepare the ground for this module with Understanding and Managing Emotions.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Polls/Quizzes (not required).
• Breakout Rooms (required).

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Summary and Clarification (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To demonstrate the importance of summary and clarification in effective communication.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 10 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 20 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To demonstrate the importance of summary and clarification in effective communication.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms (optional for larger groups).

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The Anatomy of Conflict (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.

Aims:
• To define conflict.
• To identify the main phases of conflict.
• To enable participants to describe the typical behaviours that are used when conflict is not constructively managed.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 40 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To define conflict.
• To identify the main phases of conflict.
• To enable participants to describe the typical behaviours that are used when conflict is not constructively managed.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Anyone who needs to manage conflict and interpersonal relationships.

You'll Need:
• To be ready to send participants the Activity Link and your unique PIN.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Polls/Quizzes (not required).
• Breakout Rooms (required).

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Understanding and Managing Emotions

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 45 minutes.

Aims:
• To raise participants’ awareness of their emotional reaction to other people’s behaviour.
• To explore strategies for managing our own and other people’s emotional responses.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 25 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 45 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To raise participants’ awareness of their emotional reaction to other people’s behaviour.
• To explore strategies for managing our own and other people’s emotional responses.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
We recommend using Google’s Jamboard for this session (https://jamboard.google.com/), but you could use an inbuilt Whiteboard if you prefer.

We’ve included a handout that explains how to use Jamboard.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Polls/Quizzes (not required).
• Breakout Rooms (required).

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What Builds Desire? - Understanding Practical and Emotional Drivers

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 75 minutes.

Aims:
• To help participants understand the practical and emotional reasons for making a purchase.
• To give participants an awareness of what motivates their customers to buy.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 75 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To help participants understand the practical and emotional reasons for making a purchase.
• To give participants an awareness of what motivates their customers to buy.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Anyone involved in sales.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms (required).

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