Byline: by Mary Morgan
THEY are the conversations every boss dreads. Challenging an employee over their attitude or performance - or worse, informing staff of redundancies - requires skill and sensitivity.
It is little wonder that tackling difficult conversations is one of the most commonly requested topics for workplace training sessions, says training firm Blue Beetle.
Founded by an actor, the firm uses live drama and proven techniques in its sessions to help bring learning to life.
Its very own Mr Blue, a man covered head to toe in blue paint, will be bringing a touch of novelty to a major event next month for all professionals with a role in learning, development and human resources.
Now in its 17th year, the World of Learning Conference and Exhibition takes place on September 30 and October 1 at Birmingham's NEC and thousands are expected to attend.
The Daily Mail-backed event features leading speakers and case studies, as well as more than 110 industry organisations.
There are also free seminars, product presentations, interactive workshops, a BILD advice clinic and a series of zones, including the 'experiential learning zone', which features interactive sessions, and the 'serious games zone', where visitors learn about techniques and tools in this dedicated area.
One of this year's themes will be the challenge of delivering training on restricted budgets.
The conference and exhibition aims to help professionals find out about latest trends, products and services, to ensure their budgets stretch as far as possible. …