I enjoyed the material and all the information that this course presented. It is very helpful in daily life encounter and especially beneficial in the corporate culture."
I enjoyed this course very much. I notice a change at work and with my family. I would recommend this course to everyone."
I found the class very interesting and it gave me some insight on looking at other people when there is conflict between us. It helps to take some of the feelings away to know we have different backgrounds and different ways of doing things."
I found the course to be very informative and helpful for my present situations and future dealings with people. Thank you!!"
I found this course to be very interesting and gave me a great insight into other people's behaviour as well as my own. I especially found the links to other websites and articles very useful."
I gained some very valuable information and have made a binder to keep my lessons and use for a future resource."
I have really enjoyed this course, it is very informative & comprehensive. I found the lessons easy to understand & well-written, I also appreciated Judy's personal references throughout the lessons as examples of communication difficulties, they were very helpful. The supplementary info is also very comprehensive & I am looking forward to exploring the links."
I really enjoyed this class! It opened a new world of understanding family members and friends. I know I'll be much more thoughtful in the future! Thanks for your help!!!"
Judy was wonderful. This class offers so much to people and society, I feel it should be tought in High School to help young adults learn to communicate and deal with other people."
This was an excellent course and I would highly recommend it...The materials are great and I know I will be referring back to these again and again. I was surprised to learn so much about myself in the process and this course will help me improve my interpersonal skills and relationships. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you put into this course."
Course Code: sdp
In the first lesson, you will find out the answers to four very important questions that impact the success of your relationships with others. The answers to these questions will help you identify your preferred communication styles.
In this lesson, you will begin to build a database about not only your difficult people — those who are different in communication style from you. You will also enhance your skills in reviewing and resolving problems with these people.
This lesson discusses four types of hostile people. These are people who want to control everything and everyone but have no self-control. This group is called Hostile-Aggressives.
In this lesson, you will learn appropriate options for interacting well with those who are stubborn or critical —people known as Negative-Thinkers.
This lesson focuses on the appropriate way to effectively deal with aggressive individuals. You will learn how to recognize these people and share space with them.
In this lesson, you will take another look at another personality type called Relators. Plus, you will learn ways to effectively handle the difficult subcategories of this type.
Some of your difficult people probably also feel that you're their difficult person, but you may be totally unaware of this. Do you feel that ignorance is really bliss? You will go through some exercises in this lesson that should help you figure it out.
In this lesson, you will work toward improving your own flexibility skills: confidence, tolerance, empathy, positivity, and respect. To help, you will answer a few questions about each of your own skill sets as you move through the lesson's materials.
In this lesson, you will learn that a certain set of characteristics is essential if you want to relate well with others. As you will find out, you must first improve your versatility skills to maintain a positive attitude, and then learn to view obstacles and problems as "opportunities."
After finishing this lesson, you will understand what assertiveness is and what it isn't. You will begin to see why assertive behavior is so important to your success in getting along well with others. You will also carefully examine your own level of assertiveness and identify which of your skills need fine-tuning.
This lesson focuses on simple, yet powerful assertive-communication techniques. You will learn to use self-disclosure appropriately to share information about yourself—your thoughts, feelings, and opinions—to build relationship trust and common ground.
After this final lesson, you may be surprised to discover that your listening skills need improvement. Listening well is a complex process, and your own selective filtering often keeps you from real understanding.
Judy Snyder has more than 30 years of experience as an instructor, administrator, and curriculum developer. She specializes in teaching courses in effective communication, relationship skills, project management, and personnel and office management.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.