Making Difficult Conversations Easier: Skills and Tools for Doctors and Clinicians

Transforming ‘professional’ communication effectively

90 Minute Online Workshop, Tuesday 13 October 2020, 7pm - 8.30pm

This online workshop is presented in partnership with The Goodfellow Unit

What factors make certain conversations in our professional settings – “difficult”?

For some it might be that a specific topic is uncomfortable. For others, it may be that certain circumstances make us feel awkward. Often, we know that if the conversation is handled badly, it will result in serious repercussions. For many, it often comes down to personality and style. Some people just find it a struggle to talk in certain situation. And some of us, simply have a difficult time talking to certain people - period.

Of course, in a setting like a medical practice, one of the most essential factors of many difficult conversation is that after the conversation is over – we will, undoubtedly need to continue seeing and working with this service user in the future. So we want to get it right. After all, ongoing (personal and professional) relationships carry much more responsibility then “one-time” meetings.

The webinar’s focus on real clinical work dynamics, and its unique, hands on – what to do – training emphasis goes to the heart of addressing a topic that concerns every doctor and specialist.


This unique 90-minute webinar provides training in developing the actual verbal, emotional and physical interpersonal skills we need to turn conflict into cooperation, and successfully deal with the most challenging types of people. In addition, we will explore how to create a happy, productive, efficient, and non-turbulent workplace, by improving our ability to set appropriate boundaries

Who is Edmond Otis?

Edmond is a health educator, licensed psychotherapist, and speaker who works with businesses, public and private organisations, individual clients, athletes and sport teams, in New Zealand and the US, to improve communication, reduce conflict and stress, increase resilience, and facilitate positive change.
Edmond and his family moved to New Zealand in 2008, and became citizens in 2015. He is a senior lecturer in Health and Sport Science at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), and prior, a senior lecturer in Humanities and Physical Education at the University of California, Riverside, where he was twice recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award. As director of UCR’s nationally known martial-arts program, Edmond coached numerous individuals and teams to national (USA) and international karate championships.
Edmond developed ‘Let’s Make Me Resilient’ with Health Hawke’s Bay – the primary health organisation in Hawke’s Bay.

Who Should Attend

This 90 minute online training programme is specifically for Doctors and Clinicians

Date & Location

90 Minute Online Workshop

Tuesday 13 October 2020, 7pm - 8.30pm

You will be sent the details to 'attend' this ZOOM meeting once you are registered.

Price & Registration

90 Minute Workshop
$60.00 + GST

Registration process
Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Feona Horrex on 0272 040425 or email:

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $20 surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

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What happens if you have to cancel?
Refunds are not available unless GROW cancels the workshop ahead of time. Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met.

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

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Further Details

This workshop will be delivered using ZOOM. Please familiarise yourself with ZOOM, it is very easy and free to use.

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