You’ve heard of coaching, no doubt, as coaches seem to be proliferating faster than rabbits these days. But what about a dialogue coach, conflict management coach or negotiation coach?
My coaching is specific and focused: Helping professional women (and the occasional guy) get ready to and effectively engage in difficult conversations at work and home, with both strength and grace. Here’s how to use a coach like me, who draws on two decades of combined professional experience as a mediator, conflict management expert, educator, and business owner:
Getting ready for a difficult conversation: Support for thinking through an important conversation and planning how to keep your balance and goal focus if things gets difficult. Maybe it’s talking to a spouse about your relationship. Or a sibling about a drinking problem. Or a boss about a problem at work.
Preparing for a negotiation: Salary and benefits negotiations, workload negotiations with supervisors or colleagues, home maintenance negotiations with partners and spouses.
Getting over fear of conflict: Ways to confront a problem even when it scares the dickens out of you. Approaches to overcome ingrained conflict avoidance.
Softening rough interpersonal edges that are barriers to promotion: Balancing being candid with being approachable. Ways to approach a conflict conversation with less anger or fire. How to confront a colleague directly but without leaving debris in your wake. How to manage your hot buttons more consistently.
Resolving a specific dispute: Strategies for resolving specific disagreements at home and work, when you want to do it with some support but don’t need a mediator. Personalized instruction and guidance in the basics of dispute resolution.
Reducing or eliminating a long-term state of conflict: Ways to reduce conflict and bickering and rebuild the important relationships at work and home. Methods for talking out important relationship issues with your spouse or partner. Or a sounding board for a frustrating situation in which you feel stuck.