In this Expert Insight Interview, Jeanne Michele discusses the healing power of courageous conversations. Jeanne Michele is a teacher, modern-day philosopher, change agent, and coach. She is very passionate about helping people create extraordinary relationships and lives.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- How the pandemic has forced some of us to deal with our problems
- Difficult conversations as a way to untangle deep-seated issues
- What it takes to have a successful conversation
Over the past year or so, thanks to the pandemic and ensuing lockdown, people have had a chance to spend a bit more time with themselves. During this time, an increasing number of people have realized that there are things inside of them that they need to talk about or conversations that they need to have.
If there are any positives that we can take away from the worldwide quarantine, the most prominent one is probably the fact that we have been forced to deal with our problems.
Deepening the Conversation
Being essentially locked up with our spouses and other family members has forced us to communicate and get to the bottom of some of the problems we may have been suppressing. We tend to struggle with communicating, which often leads to misunderstandings that could easily have been avoided.
All of the time together that we’ve had over the past year has allowed us to go a little deeper in our communication, if for no other reason than for the fact that we have been more irritated with each other.
Ingredients for a Successful Conversation
Having courageous conversations is a multi-stage process. First, you need to dig deep within yourself and see what the actual problem is and what it is that may be holding you back. Then you need to find a way to articulate this issue to whoever you’re trying to talk to. Both of these stages present a challenge in their own right.
In any conversation, there are two parts — the person who’s speaking and the person who’s listening. This is why collaboration is key to a successful conversation. It is vital to set an intention, think about what you’re going to say, and hold the other person in high regard.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.