The Art of Disagreement

The Village Hotel, Farnborough
Tuesday, 31 March 2020
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    • Jeff Heasman

>> Event Overview

Disagreements are inevitable and they are often perceived in a negative light. However, through more honest and constructive conversations, a disagreement can be positive and even result in you retaining or winning new business. A culture in which disagreements are seen in a positive way will also encourage creativity and openness.

This session will teach you how to recognise the "spark" that leads to a disagreement and then how to manage the interaction towards a positive outcome

>> Learning Objectives

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify why and how disagreements arise.
  • Explain the key skills that can be learnt to successfully manage disagreements.
  • Implement a strategy to turn disagreements into a positive out outcome for all involved.

>> About our speaker

Jeff Heasman is a professional trainer who specialises in communication skills within the insurance and financial services sector. Jeff is a certified practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a professional member of the Academy of Modern Applied Psychology.

In addition, Jeff holds a bachelors degree in law from the University of Glamorgan and a master of laws degree from Swansea University, as well as a postgraduate certificate in teaching English language to adults.

Jeff spent many years in practice as a litigation executive, dealing with cases up to and including the Court of Appeal in London (England v IBC Vehicles Ltd) and as a senior liability adjuster at Crawford and Company. Subsequently he was Dean of the Faculty of Law at Cavendish University in Zambia, has been a tutor at Swansea University and a lecturer in international negotiation skills to MBA students at ESIC University in Spain.

Jeff now combines his experience and expert knowledge to provide communication skills training to prestigious organisations, companies and individuals throughout the world.

>> COVID-19 Virus

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The CII is currently taking the following steps to reduce risk at events:

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  • Physical greetings (e.g. shaking hands) is discouraged

  • Where refreshments are being served, hygiene standards should be carefully observed to minimise physical contact with food (eg. Please only use tongs or spoons for food)

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  • The Village Hotel
  • Pinehurst Road
  • Farnborough
  • GU14 7BF
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CII Accredited

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1 hour's CPD can be claimed for this event if relevant to your learning and development needs.

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