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Find out what to do before, during, and after an uncomfortable conversation with a governor, so you can feel confident and help the situation run smoothly.

Is this article for me?

This article is aimed at the chair of governors - they’re best placed to approach difficult conversations with governors.

If you're aware of an issue with another governor that you feel needs to be resolved, talk to your chair about it first.

Our thanks to our associate education expert, Derek Balaam, and a representative from One Education, who helped us to write this article.

Before: 4 steps to prepare for the conversation

Don’t rush it or wing it - you’ll feel more confident if you're prepared.

1. Choose a time and place that will allow for a private, unhurried conversation

It’s best to speak face-to-face, either in person or via video call (rather than phone or email).

If it’s formal,