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Challenging conversations is a Course

Challenging conversations

Sep 1 - Sep 29, 2021

$350 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Day 1: Wednesday 1 September 2021, 10.00 am to 11.30am

Day 2: Wednesday 15 September 2021, 10.00 am to 11.30am

Delivery mode

Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event


This learning event is right for you if you have occasion to have tricky conversations with colleagues.


All leaders face challenging conversations at some point. They are never easy but there are ways to make those conversations both productive and as painless as possible. Challenging conversations require planning.  There are frameworks to guide this planning that outline evidence-informed strategies to retain focus and work toward a productive outcome. Learn about the aspects of human behaviour that frame challenging conversations and how to work with them. Leave with a framework to guide your practice in the future.

One of the least developed skills in a variety of workplaces is the ability of have uncomfortable conversations, according to research conducted at the Creating WE Institute which surveyed more than four thousand leaders across all industries and at all levels in their organizations. The willingness to have ‘hard’ conversations, and the skills to do that well, are hallmarks of leadership.

This learning event supports creating best practice toward the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes.     

Key takeaways               

  • a framework for managing challenging conversations
  • an exploration of the key skills that underpin conversations
  • explicit focus on both process aspects and people aspects
  • introduction to a range of resources to support your work.


Presenter information

Aine Maher                    

Aine Maher is an Ambassador for Independent Schools Victoria. She designs and delivers customised professional learning programs in the areas of curriculum, teaching and learning and leadership development. Aine is an accomplished presenter, a skilled communicator and, with expertise and experience in independent schools over many years, highly knowledgeable in her field. A dynamic networker, Aine has participated in a broad range of state and national advisory and representative committees giving her access to contemporary thinking and practice in learning design, organisational culture and leadership.