Handling Difficult Conversations (With Loved Ones – 5 Tips)

It’s impossible to think clearly with heightened emotions. Your goal is to stay neutral and reduce emotion so you can get to a more calm place.

5 Tips:

1. Lean toward the side of listening.
2. Validate first, then discuss content.
3. Reduce emotional intensity, then focus on potential solutions.
4. Don’t get sucked into your emotions: Use boundaries and space.
5. Make your goals and intentions for the conversation clear.

Reflection Questions:
1. How well do you validate others before trying to solve problems?
2. How often do your emotions get the best of you during discussions?

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