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Part 2 | Direct Communication Series: How to Know You're Ready for the Tough Conversations

SHOW NOTES: Episode 23

In part 2 of this series on direct communication, I discuss how to know if you are ready to have difficult conversations. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to part 1, check that one out from last week before tuning in today! Today, I share the importance of preparation and setting up the right mindset before these conversations happen. Hard things will come up in relationships and these hard conversations are necessary so it’s important to be prepared.

It is so important to practice having these conversations. The more you practice, the easier it becomes. I give you tips on today’s episode on how to practice for this and be prepared including finding someone who can give you feedback to help you practice.

I also share some tips with you on focusing on “I” statements instead of blaming the other person. When we focus on what someone else has done to us, it can cause defensiveness which can keep the conversation stuck and in a cycle of blame. Intentionally planning and practicing these conversations with using “I” statements helps them to go smoother and move forward.

Tune in to learn more about the signs of readiness and how to navigate these hard conversations!

***If you’re needing someone to help you practice this or talk through this, sign up for a coaching call with me (details in the episode). The link to book this call is below.***

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Life’s greatest joy and greatest pain come in our relationships with others.  God created us for relationships so it's no surprise that we learn best how to navigate them…together! 

On Relationships Unraveled, we will create an inviting atmosphere for conversations that goes below the surface!  We will unravel stories and relationship dynamics of all kinds (God, Self, and Others), through honest and practical conversations that shock the norm to create new perspectives and understanding! I am your host, Maranda Kirk, and I use my faith in Jesus, passion, life experiences, and training as a life coach and Enneagram coach, to unravel ideas around relationships. 

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