One of the first steps in conflict de-escalation is approaching the conflict with a clear head and open mind. This microlearning shows you how to recognize and eliminate any attitudes or preconceived notions that might otherwise hamper your ability to have a calm and rational conversation.

This course is part of a microlearning series that provides a solid foundation of techniques and strategies for de-escalating even the most contentious of conversations. You’ll learn how to improve your active listening, speak with empathy, develop a solution mindset, and avoid falling into the most common traps that consistently increase the likelihood of an exchange going off the rails.

This series is also hilarious, and laughing is a great de-escalation technique all by itself. Learning how to avoid arguments and steer conversations in a positive direction are critical skills to master, but that doesn’t mean it has to bore you to death.