COMMUNICATION AND CONFLICT: NAVIGATING DIFFICULT PEOPLE AND DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
with Dr. Jarrod Atchison
July 22, 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
$475 (US) per person

Las Colinas Country Club
4400 North O`Connor Road, Irving, TX 75062
(972) 541-1141

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COMMUNICATION AND CONFLICT: NAVIGATING DIFFICULT PEOPLE AND DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

 
Do you struggle with problem employees that challenge you at every turn? Does it seem like these people enjoy "debating" you more than contributing to the goals of your organization? Have you ever had a proposal flounder simply because the room was resistant to change? Many communication experts focus on interpersonal communication techniques to help resolve these difficult situations. Dr. Jarrod Atchison, known for his Great Courses series on The Art of Debate, takes a different approach that focuses on preventing and resolving conflict through learning the theory and practice of argumentation. After decades of experience, he believes that the best way to avoid a "debate" is to change the argumentative terrain available to your audience. The best managers use argumentation techniques without being seen as "argumentative". The best proposals already account for objections which enables you to be brilliant rather than defensive. Participants will learn argumentation theory and practice as they move between "argumentation as inquiry" where participants will learn how to use argumentation techniques to improve decision-making and "argumentation as advocacy" where participants will learn how to defend and advance positions in their organizations. Come learn how to advance in your organization and deal with your "problem" employees by avoiding "debate" by learning the theory and practice of argumentation. Dr. Atchison’s combination of theory and practice stems from his work as a scholar, director of one of the premier intercollegiate debate programs in the country, and as a consultant.

DR. JARROD ATCHISON

 
Dr. Jarrod Atchison is the director of debate and an associate professor in the Communication Department at Wake Forest University. The Wake Forest University debate team dates back to 1835 and has won multiple national championships. As an undergraduate debater, Dr. Atchison was Presidential Scholar in Debate who was ranked the second overall team in the nation and the third overall individual speaker at the 2001 National Debate Tournament.

TOPICS COVERED

 

What is Debate and How can we Use it?

  • When should managers consider utilizing debate?

Argumentation as Inquiry

  • What is the structure of an argument?
  • How do we evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of an argument?
  • How can we use debate to improve decision-making?

Argumentation as Advocacy

  • What are the key techniques for winning an argument?
  • What are the pitfalls associated with poor debating?
  • How do we prepare for Spontaneous Argument Environments (SPE)?

How do we “win” the debate without “losing” the war?

  • What is the role of “saving face” in management settings?

GUIDE TO PARTICIPANT SELECTION

 
Executive
LIMITED APPLICABILITY
Senior Managers
A GOOD FIT IF THE LEVEL OF MATERIAL IS APPROPRIATE
Managers & Emerging Leaders
PRIMARY TARGET AUDIENCE


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COMMUNICATION AND CONFLICT: NAVIGATING DIFFICULT PEOPLE AND DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
with DR. JARROD ATCHISON

July 22, 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
$475 (US) per person
Las Colinas Country Club
4400 North O`Connor Road, Irving, TX 75062
(972) 541-1141
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