11 Keys to Mastering Difficult Conversations
Stress or anger makes us breathe quickly and shallowly, and when tired or exasperated, we are more likely to sigh. Similarly, we may feel annoyance coming from someone who sighs a lot.
Before your conversation, take some deep, calming breaths, breathing out longer than you breathe in. Exhaling decreases your heart rate and blood pressure. Doing this for a couple of minutes before a meeting will make you and your interlocutor more at ease.
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When having a difficult conversation, be direct and get to the point quickly.
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The more clarity you can provide, the better the critique will be received during a difficult conversation.
Be honest and thorough with your feedback, and fully clarify why you're having the conversation. Offer as many concrete examples as possible so the person understands you're not just pulling things out of thin air.
The more prepared you are, the easier it will be to stay even tempered and not get flustered, and therefore deliver a more solid critique.
When you commit to a conversation, focus all of your energy on the conversation. Nothing will turn someone off to you like a glance at your phone.
By concentrating on what drives you and makes you happy as an individual, you become a much more interesting person.