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What to Do With the Elephant in the Room

SHOW NOTES: Episode 12

Have you ever heard the term “the elephant in the room”? Usually this is referring to a major problem or issue that is present but everyone seems to avoid talking about. It is very common but I actually want you to do the opposite when you are in conversation with others and these hard topics come up.

So, how does this work?

Next time there is an uncomfortable situation or a difficult conversation, go ahead and be vulnerable and name those elephants. Tell the person that you are having the conversation with those elephants. For example, if you are worried someone will misunderstand you, go ahead and say that. Introduce the other person to your elephants to make those elephants smaller. It brings relief to the conversation and allows the conversation to be a little more comfortable.

Naming that elephant and calling it specifically is the key step in having hard conversations.

I would love to know if this helps you next time you have a hard conversation. Reach out to me and let me know about it on Instagram (@marandakirk) or email me at Let's continue the conversation!


  • Naming your elephants

  • Having hard conversations


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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. 

On this show, we will talk honestly and practically about relationship dynamics we all face, so we can live the life we were created for, be an inspiring example to others, and ultimately fan the flame of relational wellness!  I learn and grow tremendously from the conversations I’m having with people, so I want to bring you along, in hopes that, by listening in, you will feel supported as you are challenged and encouraged to apply new ideas, understanding or skills to the relationships in your life and begin making the changes you desire! By experiencing small wins, we create momentum as we make progress!

Given my heart for conversations and relationships, I want to hear from you, connect with you, and cover the topics you want to learn more about! Connect with me on my website where you can join my email list,  Find me on Instagram @marandakirk and Facebook @Maranda Kirk - Relationships Unraveled


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