What you will learn:

We all know that difficult conversations are an inevitable part of your job and life. Whether you're dealing with a challenging employee, a difficult client, or a sensitive situation, having the skills to engage in difficult conversations can help you build stronger relationships, resolve conflicts, and achieve better outcomes.

In this Elective, you'll learn a 10-step approach to engaging in difficult conversations that will help you develop trust, reduce resistance, create the right mind frame, and effectively manage the conversation from start to finish. You'll leave the workshop with practical tools and strategies that you can use immediately to improve your communication skills and achieve better results in your difficult conversations.

By the end of this workshop, you'll have the skills and confidence to handle difficult conversations with ease, and achieve better outcomes for yourself and your organization.

About the instructor:

AK Ikwuakor, also known as Coach AK, is a former world-ranked athlete, certified Executive Coach (PCC), accomplished entrepreneur, and corporate trainer who has worked with over 40,000 individuals across the globe to help them maximize performance on and off the field. With a passion for high performance coaching and team development, Coach AK has traveled to over 30 countries, working with a diverse range of clients, including professional athletes, coaches, celebrities, CEO's, and Fortune 100 employees. His ventures have spanned various industries, from sports diplomacy and fashion to virtual reality and business coaching.

Coach AK has collaborated with leading companies such as Google, Raymond James, UBS, and Biogen, and has been featured in major publications like Sports Illustrated and Women's Health. AK is currently the Executive Sales Coach Lead at Google leading global efforts in upskilling their 20,000+ sales and management team to compete in an ever changing competitive marketplace. AK is the host of the Podcast "Mornings w/ Coach AK," a morning podcast providing 5-minute motivational tips and tricks to start the day strong.

In his free time, Coach AK enjoys rock climbing, standup comedy, and traveling with his partner Yasmin and their 10-year-old daughter Haiven. He is a passionate and dedicated coach, committed to helping his clients achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

  • Former 4-Time All-American Track and Field Athlete (University of Oregon); Awarded Most Inspirational
  • Professional Track and Field Athlete; Nigerian National Record Holder (Top Ten World Ranking X2)
  • Coached over 25,000 athletes and coaches from around the world; World Record Holders
  • Certifications as Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Sports Performance Specialist, Functional Movement Screener
Coaching and Speaking
  • Over 10+ years of coaching experience
  • Worked with Google, Raymond James, UBS, Duke Basketball, Jimmy V Foundation (Scholar), Galderma, Oath, NYU, Phillips Exeter Academy, Biogen, The State Department, Dear World, WeWork, and Victims Affected by Terrorism
  • Inbound 2019 Encore presentation speaker
  • Educator and Administrator at Phillips Exeter Academy (Socratic Pedagogy) and the St Paul’s School
  • Currently training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Secured State Department government contracts
  • Conduct trainings on Strategic Storytelling to Influence Buying Decisions
  • Lead sales trainings and presentations in China. Consulting on positioning, lead generation and sales pipeline (Business Development)
  • Founded Empower2Play (https://vimeo.com/153692417)
  • Founded Executive Coaching Company (www.edsportconsutling.com)
  • Founded Fashion company for Athletes (www.eletestyles.com)
  • Traveled to 30+ countries
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Suggested Length:90 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Delivery: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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