Learning How to Have Difficult Conversations

We all know the gnawing feeling of needing to have a difficult conversation with someone. While the conversation could improve things in the long term, in the short term our fear can win out and cause us to avoid it. There is good news, though! There are simple skills that can help us learn how to have difficult conversations with greater ease and comfort.

Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook The Assertiveness Guide for Women: How to Communicate Your Needs, Set Healthy Boundaries, and Transform Your Relationships. This audiobook is written by psychotherapist Julie de Azevedo Hanks. You’ll find it to be a thoughtful, proactive guide. It helps women become more aware of thoughts and feelings, ask for what they need, set boundaries, and speak truthfully for a more fulfilling life.

What’s in this episode?

While Dr. de Azevedo Hanks’ audiobook is for women, this excerpt offers helpful tips for anyone of any gender. If you want to improve your skills dealing with life’s tough conversations, Dr. de Azevedo Hanks shares an effective toolbox. If you’ve ever been bothered by a friend, coworker, child or partner, but found yourself uncertain about how to have a difficult conversation with that person, you’ll appreciate these concrete steps. You’ll learn how to create a situation where your message, intent, mind, and heart will be heard and respected by another person. You can feel comfortable having even the most challenging conversations!

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Julie de Azevedo Hanks draws on her experience as a psychotherapist and clinical social worker, as well as extensive research, to show us how to…express our own voices. But at the same time that she provides us with tools for self-empowerment, she shows how we can do this without dis-empowering others. This is one of many things that makes this book special.

Riane Eisler, JD, PhD

Author, "The Chalice and the Blade"

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