How To Have Difficult Conversations

Published on October 24th, 2020

Updated on January 2nd, 2024

How To Have Difficult Conversations

Difficult conversations are an inevitable part of life – and one that no one really looks forward to. It is not fun to deliver unpleasant news, discuss uncomfortable things, or talk about something that brings up strong emotions. The mere thought of having a difficult conversation can trigger fear and anxiety, which is why so many people avoid these interactions altogether. But with avoidance nothing changes, and, more often than not, actually causes things to get worse. Through doing a bit of “prep-work”, we can learn to quiet some of the anxiety and increase our confidence going into a challenging conversation.

Prepping for the Difficult Conversation

It can be hard to know how to start the difficult conversation. Planning this in advanced can be helpful. There are many ways to initiate challenging conversations:

During the Difficult Conversation

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