This is Your Sign: Have the Hard Conversation
Hello friends, happy Tues!
Today I want to talk about something that usually (read:always) makes me a little sweaty: having hard conversations. I don’t like to let people down, I hate disappointing others, and I do not love rocking the boat. But having hard conversations is a good thing. It protects and strengthens our relationships, allows us to avoid letting problems fester and eventually explode, and frees us from the anxiety of keeping it all inside.
But having them is TOUGH. By no means am I an expert, but what I can say is that having the conversation is an act of courage and is always better than not having it. Here are some guidelines on jumping in:
- Cool off – don’t enter into an important conversation when emotions are high
- Prepare your words – write them down, craft the story. Keep the facts clear
- Know what you want – don’t go into a conversation without a solid understanding of what your ultimate goal is. Otherwise, the conversation might just circle and you’ll end up worse off than you started
- Listen well – after stating your piece, genuinely listen to the response of the other party
- Be kind – it’s hard to initiate a hard conversation, but it’s also hard to receive one. Lead with kindness and recognize that the other person probably wasn’t expecting the conversation to pop up. If you can, allow them time to reflect and return to the conversation when they’ve had a chance to think about it themselves.
These conversations are hard but their benefits are incredible. Have you been holding back on a tough conversation? This is your sign to make it happen. I’m rooting for you!
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Jane was born in Australia, raised in California, and is overjoyed to now call NYC home. She graduated from UCSB with degrees in Political Science and Communication and spent the past two years working in criminal justice reform. She is currently an MBA student at NYU Stern, focusing on entrepreneurship and strategy.