EP027: 5 Secrets to Having Difficult Conversations

Are you curious about how to have a difficult conversation at work? Do you avoid difficult conversations? Perhaps you get daunted at the thought of having an assertive conversation with somebody.

Most people do. 

However, the ability to have assertive or difficult conversations is critical for emerging leaders. 

In the workplace, people will overstep your boundaries. You will need to make assertive requests. You will need to say “no”. You’ll need to express your feelings, opinions and wants. These are all difficult conversations.

In this episode, I share with you five secrets to having difficult conversations. These are strategies that have worked for me and have helped me have assertive conversations when I need to. I know they can help you too.

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What will you learn in this episode?

In Episode 27 of The Leadership Pod, “5 Secrets to Having Difficult Conversations”, you’ll learn:

  • Fears that stop you from having difficult conversations such as making up excuses, feeling guilty, or fear of confrontation.
  • Assertiveness is your right!
  • Why you should tackle it sooner rather than later.
  • How to be prepared for your assertive conversation.
  • Ask yourself: what’s more painful?
  • Focus on the positives.
  • You could be helping that person out.

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About Kara

Kara Ronin is the founder of Executive Impressions. She is an executive coach who specialises in leadership presence, social skills and business etiquette. She is also the creator of Bestselling Udemy course, Business Etiquette 101. Kara’s advice and unique perspectives have been featured in Time Inc., Business Insider, Ignites Europe (a Financial Times Service), The Muse, The Local France, The West Australian, and more. Kara works regularly with lawyers, investment bankers, and finance professionals to help them build presence, authority and influence in business. Get Kara's insights delivered straight to your inbox