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Matt Schaaf


Matt Schaaf, Trainer at ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership & Workplace Performance

Matt’s leadership and management experience in the non-profit sector ranges from youth leadership development to public education on ecological sustainability. He also has a rich background in education and conflict violence-reduction, where he has worked to support both rural and inner-city communities to implement practical peacebuilding initiatives. In addition to training with ACHIEVE, Matt presently leads an initiative that empowers men to prevent gender-based violence, and works to strengthen relationships among Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. He is a popular presenter of our workshops related to diversity, respect, and conflict resolution. As a trainer, Matt combines insightful analysis with a warm sense of humour and a deep appreciation for the experience and knowledge that participants bring to a workshop.

November 2019

Assertive Communication

Nov 05, 2019 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 219.00 (*early rate) $ 249.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires October 15, 2019
Trainer: Matt Schaaf
Assertive communication workshop photo

Our communication skills and style are essential to positive and productive relations. Effective communication requires us to be clear about our own thoughts and desires, and also to be responsive to those of others. Assertive communicators express ideas and feelings in transparent, open, and direct ways – stating their needs clearly and without defensiveness.

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December 2019

De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™

Dec 04, 2019 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 219.00 (*early rate) $ 249.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires November 13, 2019
Trainer: Matt Schaaf
Photo for De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations offered through CTRI

Offered through Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute

For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. The training will explore how anger and violence interplay, including opportunities for self-assessment of personal communication styles.

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February 2020

Difficult Conversations – Strategies for Challenging Discussions

Feb 13, 2020 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 219.00 (*early rate) $ 249.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires January 23, 2020
Trainer: Matt Schaaf
Photo for Navigating Difficult Conversations workshop

Whether sharing bad news with a client, providing corrective action or talking with a colleague about an uncomfortable issue, difficult conversations are typically stressful and often take a large mental and emotional toll. Many people avoid difficult conversations for these reasons, or find themselves ill prepared when they must have them. Yet, the ability to handle difficult conversations respectfully and professionally is one of the most important skills for success in the workplace.

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Cancellation Policy
Registrations cancelled seven or more days prior to the workshop are refundable, minus a $50.00 administrative fee. Alternatively, you may receive a credit to attend a future training. Cancellations less than seven days prior to the workshop are non-refundable. If at any time you are unable to attend, you are welcome to transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify ACHIEVE of the name of the alternate person who will be attending.

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to unforeseen circumstances or under-enrolment. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop fees only. Please make travel and accommodation arrangements with this in mind.

Limited Seating
Register early! To better facilitate group interaction, seating is limited.

Children and unregistered guests are not permitted in the meeting rooms.

You Will Receive
A spiral bound training manual and workshop certificate, as well as morning refreshments. Participants are on their own for lunch from noon until 1:00 p.m., unless otherwise stated. For live-stream participants, you will receive a pdf copy of the manual.

Group Registration Instructions
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Concerns and Grievances
If concerns arise at any time throughout the registration process, please contact the ACHIEVE office directly at 204-452-0180, or email [email protected].

Special Accommodations for Disabilities
Please contact the ACHIEVE office directly at 204-452-0180 or [email protected] to discuss any special needs or accommodations you may require in order to have a positive learning experience.

Continuing Education Credit
Check our Continuing Education Credit page to find out which associations and organizations accept our workshops for credit.