Many of us hate the idea of difficult conversations of any kind
Some of us hate them to the point where we just avoid them completely, leaving us missing out - see my other blog: the cost of avoiding difficult conversations
But if we change how we approach them - and let's be honest, sometimes you really just cannot avoid them! - then there are some things that you need to remember are actually in your control!
Most of us avoid conflict, mainly because it makes us feel really uncomfortable, and it can lead to any number of fears coming up in our brains….
But imagine how much easier life would be if you no longer felt the need to avoid situations just in case any conflict arose?
With 70% of people avoiding difficult conversations and over 90% of employees reporting staying silent in challenging conversations over the last 18 months we really need to think of the personal cost to this avoidance.
There are a huge number of reasons that people avoid difficult conversations, but in the end most of them come down to some kind of fear:
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