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Difficult Conversations

Why We Shouldn't Be Scared to Death to Have "That" Conversation

Craig Dowden | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Craig Dowden

We have all faced those conversations. The ones that we feel are 'impossible'. A trip to the dentist for a root canal sounds more enticing. The most f...

4 Techniques to Deal With Difficult People

Judith Orloff MD | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Orloff MD

None of us is perfect; most of us are doing the best we can. So keep searching for a part of someone that you can empathize with, even when it's a stretch. You may not always succeed, but keep trying.

A Conversation With My Nephew About Pot

Roger Roffman | Posted 10.02.2014 | Parents
Roger Roffman

When the Thanksgiving dinner dishes were being cleared, I asked Bailey if he had time for a chat, and we walked into another room. He seemed open and receptive to my well-practiced opening line, and soon he was telling me what he enjoyed about getting high. I listened, asked open-ended questions, wanting him to know I was listening.

9 Powerful Steps To Manage Difficult Conversations Like a Pro

Rosalie Puiman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Rosalie Puiman

So instead of avoiding difficult conversations, it's time to start confronting people in a constructive way. In this article I'll show you exactly how to do that.

3 Money Questions Your Husband Asks About Your Business (and How to Answer Them Without Starting a Fight)

Kim Pisolkar | Posted 07.07.2014 | Small Business
Kim Pisolkar

Money is the root of so many problems in "normal" marriages, but when you're a married entrepreneur things become exponentially more complicated.

Please, Stop Calling Me Goddess!

Erin Donley | Posted 04.27.2014 | Women
Erin Donley

Goddess is considered a term of endearment, meant to celebrate the woman. This made my negative twinges seem both unfair and bitchy.

The Holiday Collection: How to Start a Conversation at a Cocktail Party

Debra Fine | Posted 02.08.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

Giving the gift of conversation is worthwhile to everyone. True success comes from taking the first step and saying hello. The topic is not nearly as important as the effort.

How to Ask for What You Need in Your Relationships

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Asking for what we need while in conversation increases our chances of walking away receiving what we needed.

10 Conversations Every Married Couple Should Have | Posted 06.10.2013 | Weddings

When Lamar and I were dating, he said I had up a wall.  And if you talk to him about it, he will proudly boast about “breaking down my wall.” Mos...

Difficult Conversations as Opportunity

Karen Kimsey-House | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Karen Kimsey-House

A client continues to miss calls. One of your direct reports is missing important deadlines. You need to let someone go...a customer, a client, an employee, a significant other. Difficult conversations.

7 Steps To Having That Tough Conversation

Lauren Zander | Posted 06.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Zander

I know it can be scary to confront and follow through on difficult conversations but there is freedom on the other side of them. Here are steps to having a tough conversation with someone.

How to Win in the Blame Game

Anat Baniel | Posted 06.24.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

It's so easy to take things personally. Instead, the next time you notice yourself feeling defensive or like you're a failure or that you're not good enough, practice using a buffer phrase.

Time Outs Are Not Just for Children

Anat Baniel | Posted 06.17.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

Normally, when thinking about communication, we think about verbal communication or some kind of physical communication. However, sometimes the best communication skill is to know when to take a time out.

Scout's Honor

Elizabeth McGuire | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Elizabeth McGuire

"Am I in trouble?" my 8-year-old son asked with a sigh when my husband and I surrounded him on the couch one recent afternoon. We assured him no. "There's just something on our minds," I said. "Something important we want to discuss with you."

20 Days Till Minnesota Votes On My Family

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 12.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Meg Riley

I've been awed by all the changes of heart that are taking place; I've witnessed it happen in conversations I've had, and my fellow activists have witnessed it in their own conversations. Here are three such conversations I've heard about just this week.

Peyton Manning, Difficult Conversations and Dr. Hank

Dr. Hendrie Weisinger | Posted 11.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Hendrie Weisinger

Sixty minutes was plenty of time for me to give a game plan to the 400 executives who wanted to know how to handle difficult conversations. In fact, it is one of the most frequents topics that I am asked to speak on by Corporate America.

Firing Someone the Right Way

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.26.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Because firing is so emotionally charged, it's easy to act counterproductively. To avoid that, here are some guidelines for those times when firing an employee becomes a necessity.

The 5 Conversations You Should Be Having about Money

Women & Co | Posted 05.09.2012 | Women
Women & Co

Money is the "it" factor of our lives. We earn it, spend it, save it, squander it, donate it, manage it, share it and stress about it. But despite its prominence in our lives, we often don't discuss it.

How to Break the News to Someone that He/She Smells

Donna Flagg | Posted 04.16.2012 | Business
Donna Flagg

First consider how you would feel if you were unknowingly walking around offending the olfactory senses of those around you. Wouldn't you want to know? Wouldn't you want an opportunity to correct it? Well, the only way that can happen is if someone makes you aware of it.

Resolving to Talk with Your Loved Ones About Aging with Dignity and Independence

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 04.03.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

I invite you to think about what aging with dignity and independence means. Then take time to have the tough conversations with your loved ones about what is important to you as you grow older, and how you will get help should you require daily assistance.

One Thing to Know If You Want to Improve Your Communication Skills

Donna Flagg | Posted 03.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Donna Flagg

If you think about it, at its core, communication is an exercise in understanding one another better. That's all. This is positive, not negative, despite the industry's tendency to want to turn "difficult conversations," into big, bad, dreaded events. But they don't have to be.

Why You Need To Have That Tough Conversation

Laurie Gerber | Posted 01.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Laurie Gerber

Everyone has their list of conversations they are avoiding and people with whom they never want to get resolved. I want to train you in a new method and get you very facile at having those tough conversations.

Five Tips For A Rewarding Christian Dialogue With An 'Adversary'

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 09.03.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

I've had hundreds of these types of conversations -- mostly with colleagues in the church who disagree with me about the place of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender faithful.

How To Tackle Hard Conversations Head-On

Laurie Gerber | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Laurie Gerber

If you are having a conversation in your head right now about someone or a situation, stop it! Go find the person and have a real conversation with them about it. You will feel so much better!

Employee Terminations

Donna Flagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Donna Flagg

Letting someone go is hardly something that will be met with enthusiasm. But the key is to get the dynamics right in your own mind first.