How to Have a Very Difficult Conversation
The following is an excerpt of one of David’s coaching sessions in Top Coaching Techniques.
David: So I’ve got the sense that there are some things you haven’t been telling the absolute truth about, and you want to feel better about these things and be honest without huge upset.
Client: Right. This is with a few of my relationships with my family, I guess, for different reasons.
David: Okay. So, the first point I would make is that sometimes huge upset might be appropriate.
Client: Yeah, I realize that there could be some risks. I have wanted to talk openly with them, but that’s the fear – that there would be this big upset, and of course, I’m worried about losing love.
David: Yes, I totally get it. So one of the definitions of being powerful is to be straight in your communication and to take what you get. I totally understand that that’s asking a lot of you. You really have to stand tall and even grow and be a bigger person to say, ‘You know what? I’m going to take it. Whatever the upset is, I’m going to let them be, and just take whatever it gets.’
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