Survive and thrive during difficult conversations – Part 1: The method

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Who’s this for?

Managers, Everyone




Getting comfortable at initiating and navigating tough conversations is a crucial skill that has the potential to not only help your career but also your health and personal relationships. It's through these tough conversations that we grow and learn to work through complex situations, only to come out stronger. 

In this workshop, you will prepare yourself to face difficult conversations with courage and confidence, and discover best practices in the preparation and delivery of challenging content.

This workshop is Laura’s most requested. She makes this tough topic an engaging and fun one, through interactive activities and discussions. This is a hands-on workshop in which all participants will actively discuss and practice with others. 

During this workshop, we will:

  • Learn the benefits of leaning into challenging conversations rather than avoiding them
  • Learn a proven 3-part method for conducting difficult conversations to produce good outcomes
  • Practice delivering tough messages in small groups
  • Share and discuss our challenges and successes

You will walk away with:

  • Tools to initiate and navigate difficult conversations gracefully
Laura Lewis-Barr


Laura Lewis-Barr

Laura Lewis-Barr is founder and president of Training 4 Breakthroughs. Using her extensive training in both the theatre and emotional intelligence, Laura helps managers and executives communicate their ideas with humor, vitality, and presence. She has many years of experience coaching and training groups online and is a beloved virtual instructor. 

Her recent publication, Improving Communication at Work – 52 Tips, Techniques, and Tools to Build Emotional Intelligence – A Card Deck for Workers, Managers, and Teams comes from her many years of coaching adults in emotional intelligence and the practical uses of positive psychology. She is also the author of Share Your Stories, Ace Your Interview, and Get the Job You Want!: Insights from emotional intelligence, the performing arts, and public speaking.

Laura has undergone an extensive amount of certifications:

  • DDI (Development Dimensions International)
  • Mind Gym
  • Achieve Global
  • 6-seconds Emotional Intelligence
  • TESI (Team Emotional/Social Intelligence assessment)

In addition to her degrees in Communication and Performance, she has continued to study depth psychology, facilitation, and process work. She has worked with managers from Chase Bank, Thomson Reuters, Dow Chemical, AOL, Toyota, and many other large and small companies.

Laura's well told stories can also be found in her nonfiction publications (on emotional intelligence) as well as in award-winning plays and short stop motion films.

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They've worked with people at

Dow Chemical
Thomson Reuters


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