Difficult Conversations made easier

Difficult Conversations Made Easier

Juliette Smith Advice, Communication, Conflict, Couples Leave a Comment

A behaviour I frequently observe in my clients’ is a tendency to go down metaphorical rabbit holes when they talk, resulting in difficult conversations. When they begin talking they don’t know where they’re heading, often just wanting to make a point.  Thoughts and emotions triggered during the ensuing exchange then side-track the conversation into countless tunnels, with different themes.  Ultimately …

Improve communication through self-awareness

Improve communication before you speak

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You can improve communication skills by changing more than how you talk to someone else. We talk to ourselves all the time.  Being aware of our own internal dialogue before a conversation is key to helping us improve communication with others. Just now, bring to mind how you feel before you have a conversation you think might be difficult. Perhaps …

Conflict Management or Conflict Avoidance?

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Conflict management can reap many benefits. Conflict itself is often seen as a source of tension and stress and something to be feared and avoided, but it can be an opportunity for improved self-awareness, growth and understanding. In business, high-achievers will identify conflict management as the chance to draw on their creative resources and to set a new way of …

Dealing with criticism

Dealing with Criticism

Juliette Smith Advice, Communication, Conflict, Couples, Criticism, Individuals, Other Relationships 2 Comments

Dealing with criticism can be challenging. By making just a few adjustments to how you interact with it means you potentially create a substantial change – in any relationship. No-one is naturally critical. Judgements and criticism can surface when there is frustration and the quality of communication is deteriorating. Criticism is generally just a confused and often ineffective way of …

Valentine’s Day – how to do more than survive it

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Valentine’s Day and it’s origins are described in several legends. Although they’re all different, they have one thing in common: a focus on love. Not romantic love, but love for others, expressed through acts of generosity, kindness or selflessness. Be loving on Valentine’s Day This Valentine’s Day, my invitation to you is to express your loving in this way, so …