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School Governors - Improving communication 2/3 Encouraging effective comms

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 know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant

Robert McCloskey

Governing a school is a challenging role.  The Governing body relies on the shared skills, experience and knowledge of its members and it is essential that everyone knows how to communicate effectively.  School Governors are the largest volunteer group in the country, bringing together members of the community from all walks of life.

Some conflict is inevitable – people have different views about what to do or how to do it, are subject to different pressures and experience different types of emotions such as anger, fear and rejection. 

Some people’s personalities or working style can make them challenging to work with, particularly when they are hostile or aggressive, unresponsive or silent, negative or complaining.

 Good communication skills, including assertiveness and empathy, an understanding of the difference between communication designed to control and communication designed to foster collaboration, together with an understanding as to how to manage conflict constructively, is the basis for maintaining mutual, respectful and productive relationships. 

The 3 Modules of:

1.         ‘Turning Down the Heat’

2.         ‘Encouraging Effective Communication’

3.         ‘Moving from Tell to Talk’

Can be attended as stand alone workshops will provide you with the opportunity to build on your existing skills and strengths as a Governor towards improving communication and managing conflict.

 

“WHEN WE CHANGE OUR HABITS WE CHANGE OUR LIVES”

This module  hosted by the specialist team from Medway Mediation will help you to

  • Feel more confident in tackling difficult issues
  • Manage, structure and control difficult and emotional conversations
  • Improve your active listening skills
  • Breaki down the communication barriers i
  • Better understand the misunderstandings that can arise from text and e-mail communication

If you have access to Medway GovernorHub please make your booking through the governor training page. 

If you do not have access to the above service, please contact us at governor.services@medway.gov.uk for details and to make your booking

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