How to Stop Office Gossip - Prevent Conversations from Turning Deadly and Toxic

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    Speaker: Rhonda Scharf

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    Duration: 60 Minutes
    Product Code: 51253
    Level: Beginner

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Office gossip is a fact of life, yet it easily destroys relationships and morale at work. Yet, spending eight hours (or more) a day with people you like (and enjoy speaking to) naturally leads to non-work related topics. It is natural to create relationships at work.

However, many times, these relationships lead to conversations that are “less than professional.” Complaining about what the boss said, or what someone was wearing, or how a promotion was earned seems “normal” but is dangerous.

What is the difference between gossip and conversation? What can you do to ensure your employees are friendly and you create great engagement, yet are not harvesting a workforce filled with gossip, negativity, and resentment?

How an organization deals with gossip can mean the difference between growing and thriving or disintegrating from within. Office gossip is a fact of life; what you do with it is up to you.


Gossip is dangerous. It destroys lives and companies. Don’t let yourself become victim to casual conversation that turns deadly.

Worried that you have unintentionally “gossiped” at work and it has affected your reputation? Learn what is the difference between gossip and conversation so you’ll never cross the line again.

Worried that gossip is preoccupying the attention of your entire office? Learn how to stop gossip at work as a manager and how to set up a“no gossip” culture at work so that work gets done instead of negative gossip.

Worried the gossip is about you and you don’t know what to do about it? You will know exactly what to do, what to say, and what things you should worry about and not to worry about.

Want to know how to ignore gossip at work? Find out what to say so that your reputation isn’t on the line.

Just think you want out of the constant chatter about everything and everyone else? This is exactly why you should attend.


• What is gossip
• What is the difference between gossip and conversation
• How to deal with gossip at work
• What to do when the gossip is about you
• What to do when the gossip is about others
• Confrontation tips


• The difference between water cooler chatter and harmful gossip (easy to follow check list)
• Removing yourself from the gossipy chatter at work. Learn to protect yourself and your reputation
• How to handle a gossiping employee
• Confronting harmful gossip - how, when, why you should
• What to do, what to say, how to say it: rules to ensure you don’t get caught up in the rumor mill at work
• Creating a “no gossip” culture in your workplace


• Human Resources
• Management
• Senior Leadership
• Front Line Support
• Anyone who works in an office with more than two people!


Years of Experience: 26+ years

Areas of Expertise: Administration, Communication and Workplace Effectiveness

Insightful … humorous … entertaining … even contagious … words that are often used to describe Rhonda Scharf.  A speaker with the uncanny ability to look at the normal and see something quite different.

Rhonda is a Professional Speaker and member of the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame, Trainer and Author, based in Ottawa. She has spoken to tens of thousands of people in dozens of different countries. 

Rhonda shares things she has learned to help you excel in your work environment, emerging at the end of the day with a smile and a sense of accomplishment. Audiences far and wide sing her praises for her relevant and useful tips on administration, communication and workplace effectiveness. From efficiency to the future of work, Rhonda has the info to help you thrive!

She knows how to make you laugh and she knows how to get you to question why you do what you do. Her natural warmth and sincerity are balanced by a healthy sense of the absurd, a combination that is useful in any situation.

Rhonda has written eight books, with her latest “Alexa is Stealing her Job” and her best-seller “Common Sense is NOT Common Practice” still available.

Rhonda’s professional speaking career began at the age of two… when her mother would offer her 25 cents to be quiet for five minutes!

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