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Tue 5 May 2020
10:00 - 12:00

Venue: Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Provided by: Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

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Postdocs: How to Approach Difficult Conversations

Tue 5 May 2020


As a postdoc, you’re in a transitional period of your career, one that can be precarious and uncertain at times or marked by dependency on others. Inevitably, there are moments when you have to engage in difficult conversations, whether with your PI, your peers, or with the people you now oversee. You may need to discuss the advancement of your career, settle a conflict with a colleague, or provide feedback to the students.

This workshop is designed to equip you with the right tools to prepare for and have difficult conversations. We will consider the factors that make particular conversations difficult as well as the “third-generation thinking” and mindful listening that will help you elicit the response you want. This interactive workshop is for all postdocs who want to hone their communication skills, advance their careers, and develop their leadership capacities.


  • To think differently in leading difficult conversations to negotiate and influence.
  • Articulate own view point in collaboration with team members.
  • Consider different ways to deal with difficult conversations in light of your own behaviour and that of others.


“I liked the way we explicitly broke down the process of preparing for difficult conversations by giving techniques.”

Target audience

Postdoctoral Researchers


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Tue 5 May   10:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 12:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room map Hannah Clements

Two hour session

Postdoc Programme

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