Handling Difficult Behaviours

This training equips participants with the skills to learn to handle difficult behaviours positively and effectively.

Our training courses are currently being delivered in a live, virtual, interactive format, in addition to onsite face-to-face training where appropriate. All of our training is facilitated by experienced subject experts.

Course Context

This training provides delegates with insights into the underlying root causes and triggers of someone’s difficult behaviour.  The course also provides an awareness of their own behaviour drivers and triggers, and how they impact on the situation.

Handling difficult behaviours training can be delivered in two different formats, as detailed below.  Whilst the general principles involved are the same we recommend that separate training courses are used for each of the following groups.

Handling difficult behaviours in customers, or members of the public

Dealing with difficult behaviours in customers can be challenging. If the situation is handled well, this can improve customer service and relationships which will, in turn, create further business opportunities. If those in the front line have strong personal boundaries their own health and well-being will also be protected.

Handling difficult behaviours in people you work with regularly

This could be a team member, a colleague, or someone in a more senior role. Difficult behaviour can be detrimental to an employee’s motivation and productivity in the workplace, as well as inhibiting the performance of others. When difficult behaviours are not managed effectively a lack of co-operation, tension, stress and poor performance can result.

Duration: 1-day face-to-face course or virtually over two shorter sessions.  We can also deliver a condensed version; please contact us for more details.

Format: Virtual, live, interactive session or face-to-face where possible.

Delegate numbers: Please contact us to discuss optimum numbers.

Please contact us for information regarding availability and how we can tailor this training to meet your organisation’s requirements.   

Who Is It For?

Handling Difficult Behaviours training is suitable for anyone wishing to refresh their skills in workplace communication, including team leaders, managers and supervisors.

Key Benefits

  • Understand why some situations and behaviours are difficult to handle
  • Gain a greater understanding of our own role in the difficult behaviour dynamic and and how we can make a positive impact
  • Learn to look at situations with more objectivity and detachment and to deal with them calmly
  • Increase adaptability, flexibility and confidence and acquire a stronger sense of being in control
  • Distinguish between what you can control and what you can’t
  • Learn strategies to effectively respond to and manage difficult or challenging behaviours 'in the moment'
  • Build confidence to initiate and manage a conversation about challenging behaviours, ensuring key issues are addressed

Indicative Course Content

Defining the issue

  • Moving from looking at the person to the behaviour
  • Highlighting which types of behaviour we personally find difficult to deal with

Understanding the dynamics

  • Looking at our own behaviour and its impact on the situation
  • Understanding how communication can break down and how we can ensure the meaning behind our message is received as intended

Confident communication

  • Developing assertive language
  • The value of coaching skills – active listening and effective questioning to get to the root of the issue
  • Recognising the signals that aggressive behaviour may be about to increase and being armed with strategies to quickly diffuse the situation
  • Tools to maintain rapport during disagreements and conflicts: how to express your opinions in a way that won’t escalate the situation
  • When to draw the line: handling abusive and unacceptable behaviour

Taking action

  • Devise a personal action plan to take back to the workplace

Testimonials for the Handling Difficult Behaviours course:


"Enjoyable, interesting and engaging. A collaborative experience in learning how others deal with conflicting situations."

“I feel that I could speak to difficult individuals with confidence now.”

"I remained fully engaged throughout the course. A very relaxed atmosphere was generated by the Trainer. Overall experience was just great, really enjoyed and as a colleague has identified previously, it pushed all my happy buttons. Thank you."

"I will enjoy having further fruitful conversations and hopefully assist people in developing, raising their awareness of themselves and others, to generate improved working environments. Hopefully, it may even spread into their private lives so they are enriched as a whole."

"Great group to work with, the Trainer was great and there are a number of things to read up on and reflect on."

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We are always happy to talk about our courses and help you to work out the best match for your requirements.


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— Employee Engagement & Wellbeing Officer, Sophie Holland

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