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Positive Interactions with Difficult People

From The Healthy Dispatcher:

Difficult callers are the norm in 9-1-1, and negative interactions with these types of callers can quickly go sideways. Stressed calltakers who are not equipped with the right communication skills for these moment are more likely to further irritate callers by being short or using a rude tone. In addition to exposing their agency to potential liability, frequent negative interactions can cause a calltaker to leave the profession more quickly. In addition to improving calltaking ability, participants will learn ways to effectively navigate interpersonal conflict within the comm center (which can be even more stressful than on the phone).  

Participants will learn proven strategies to:

  • Stay present and courteous even when they’ve lost patience
  • Defuse conflict and regain common ground
  • Effectively give and receive criticism
  • Become more aware if they’re the problem, and take ownership of the solution

About the Instructor:

Adam Timm is a bestselling author, keynote speaker and consultant on the topics of personal resilience and peak performance for 9-1-1 telecommunicators. Adam spent over a decade as a 9-1-1 operator for the Los Angeles Police Department, where he pioneered a stress resilience program that contributed to a 45% decrease in sick time usage. After leaving the LAPD, Adam started his training company, “The Healthy Dispatcher,” to bring tools for resilience to this challenging profession.

Date/Time:
May 26, 2020, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: Free
Hours: 8

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Audience:

Instructor:
Adam Timm

Special Instructions:

When space allows, we can open the class up for outside agencies to attend for a fee of $165.00. Non-member agencies may contact Veronica Neal at 512-916-6097 for availability.

Dress Code: To promote a professional training environment, CAPCOG requires proper professional attire. T-shirts, shorts, leggings, and flip-flops are prohibited.

Entry to the building: Come in through the Capital Area Council of Governments Training Center entrance (under metal awning – this door is unlocked) and then take the second door on the right (you’ll have to be let in this door). Follow instructions on signage. If there is no sign, use the phone on the wall to dial ext. 6004 for entry and/or further instructions. 

Attendee must bring their PID # to receive TCOLE credit for courses taken at CAPCOG. No meals provided with this training. CAPCOG provides training for the Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) in our region at no cost to 9-1-1 telecommunicators and their departments. When space is reserved for a 9-1-1 training class offered by CAPCOG, students, or the supervisor who made the reservation, must cancel such reservation at least two business days prior to start of the class or payment for the class will be invoiced to the appropriate agency for the "no show".

Location:

Capital Area Council of Governments - Cedar Room
6800 Burleson Road
Building 310, CAPCOG Training Center
Austin, Texas 78744

For Questions:
Contact Veronica Neal at 512-916-6097 or vneal@capcog.org

Continuing Education Credits:
8

Course ID: 27821

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Deadline:
May 19, 2020

There are 20 seats remaining

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CAPCOG reserves the right to cancel a class that does not meet the minimum number of registered attendees at least seven business days before the class start date. In those circumstances, CAPCOG will provide a full refund. Students who wish to cancel their registration must cancel online or notify CAPCOG in writing (via email or fax) at least seven business days prior to the course date in order to receive a refund. There will be a $10 administrative fee for processing the refund.

"No shows" and student cancellations made less than seven business days prior to the start of class may be charged the full course fee. Partial attendance will not be permitted for any of the courses.

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