Have an Important Conversation
From managing finances to the choice of living alone, there are many important topics that are often seen as taboo or too personal to address with a loved one.
But they don’t have to be. While the more difficult conversations are rarely easy to address, they are an essential part of adult life and ultimately make things better for both parties.
Here are some ways to make a hard conversation a success:
- Remove the Assumptions – While you may think you know how someone else is feeling, you should never assume anything. Let them tell you their perspective.
- Be Respectful – You may not like what you’re hearing, but that is no excuse to bulldoze a conversation. Showing respect is the best way to get to common ground.
- Use Examples – Be ready for this talk by backing up your points with clear and logical references.
- Be Honest – Don’t shy away from the meat of the issue, no matter how uncomfortable it may seem.
- Don’t Walk Away – Letting your emotions steer you to the door won’t help anyone in the situation. Stay calm and continue to talk it through.
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