COURSE UPDATED: October 13, 2015 - New bonus material added. Entire course updated to comply with new Udemy standards.
With a full calendar and hardly a minute to spare many of us are in danger of being overwhelmed by the amount of work we have taken on - both at work and at home. We all know that the quickest way to create some space and take a breath is to just say “no”. From William Ury’s best seller “The Power of a Positive No” to the advice of well meaning friends we are told that we shouldn’t be afraid to say no. But many people are.
Saying no isn’t easy. Done the wrong way it can cause damage to the most important of relationships.
Dealing with our emotional response to thought of saying no is one thing, dealing with how other people react to being told no is a completely different thing all together. We want to be seen as being more than just competent. We want to earn the trust of our friends and colleagues and we need to get the work done. So we say yes with the consequences that the important but not urgent works slips further behind, we rush to produce work of a quality below what we are capable of and we fear we will burn out if this continues much longer.
In this course we will be getting to the heart of why we often struggle to say no and what action you can take to make it easier to say no while improving relationships and building trust. You will be introduced a new set of interpersonal skills that will help you to:
·diagnose why the right things are not being done at the right time to the right standard
·understand and identify your emotional reactions to saying no (and to being told no)
·respond in a way that increases trust in business and personal relationships, allows you to focus on what is important and deliver value
It doesn’t matter how busy you are it is the one course you should say, “yes!” to.
This section outlines the objectives for this course. One of the things we fear most in this world is someone saying no in response to a request we might make of them.
We don't often think about our listening, where it comes from or what we cannot hear. This lecture will get you looking differently at your listening.
This lecture introduces the conversations for action loop and describes the conversations that need to take place if you want to ensure the right things are being done and the right time and to the right standard.
This lecture explores how you can apply your knowledge of the loop as a tool for diagnosing why things go wrong in your communication.
This lecture provides a brief introduction to the field of Affect Script Psychology.
The video that illustrates affect in action before we have time to write scripts that change our innate responses is called "Emerson - Mommy's Nose is Scary!" It runs for almost 1 minute and this is the link to the official version on YouTube:
You will see four of the innate affects displayed - interest, fear, startle and joy. You already know what they look like on the face of another person so take this opportunity to observe Emerson's affective system respond to the stimulii in the surrounding environment.
The video that illustrates the different ways that we respond to being told we are not going to get what we want is called "Hey Jimmy Kimmell I told my kids I ate all their Halloween Candy". It runs for almost 5 minutes and this is the link to the official version on YouTube:
Pay attention to the different facial expressions and the way the kids' bodies get involved. You are seeing a number of affects being displayed and they are mixed together with learned responses to those affects being triggered.
Also pay attention to how you respond to the different ways the children respond. What are their displays provoking in you?
Please note: We are having some trouble with the worksheet. Coming soon!
This lecture introduces the shame affect and the role it has to play in letting us know when we are not getting what we want.
We all draw from four libraries of responses when we do not get what we want. This lecture introduces the four types of responses that you will be able to observe in the people around you. The real challenge is learning to observe your own preferred style of response.
I have included a link to a blog post I have written that explores our responses to shame being triggered in our personal relationships
A quiz to help you identify where our responses fall on the compass of shame.
This lecture looks at what would happen if we treated a request to look after our puppy in the same way we respond to most requests we receive in the workplace. It is important to note that no puppies were harmed during the production of this video. I make sure my puppies are very well looked after and very happy!
This is a serious warning. The tools you have been provided with are powerful and not everyone will appreciate your new powers!
This two page PDF has been designed to print out and keep handy by your desk. It has the loop and the compass for easy reference.
A bonus lecture based on a blog post I wrote on dealing with fear in sales.
I am working on my next Udemy course on conflict which examines how affect script psychology helps us understand why we always seem to have the same fights with the people we love and what we can do to break the cycle. This video is "The Orange Story" and it introduces an approach that you can use to help resolve conflict when it does arise.
It can be a challenge to try some of the tools and strategies suggested in this course for the very first time. The best thing you can do is allow yourself to be a beginner.
Paul is a sought-after corporate consultant and has applied his research and experience with a number of Australia’s largest companies including BP and Origin Energy in addition to numerous local Governments. His groundbreaking workshops and courses teach individuals how to succeed in their professional and personal lives by challenging their limiting beliefs and understanding how their emotional lives impact on their capacity to communicate effectively.
Paul holds Doctorates from the faculties of Chemical Engineering and Law. Combining his formal studies with over 20 years of experience as an actor in live theatre and film, Paul also works extensively with schools and Universities to help students develop competencies in communication, values, ethics, leadership, follower-ship and the consequence of choice. His regular blog "Finding my own Way" shares some of his insights and learnings.
Paul is bringing to Udemy the highlights of his face-to-face workshops and seminars.