Summer Book Series #7 Special: Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High with Ron McMillan

Find free resources at www.CrucialConversations.com

When high stakes, opposing  opinions and strong emotion come together, you know you’ve entered the realms of Crucial Conversations!

Not only are you facing a difficult discussion, but your body is wired to shut down the reasoning part of your brain so that you react rather than consider your responses – and for most of us this means we do our worst at these moments. Ironically, these Crucial Conversations are the 10% of our conversations that are also the most important.

The book [amazon ASIN=”0071401946″]Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High[/amazon] is one of the most important resources in my personal toolkit and I am delighted to be able to share this interview, with one of its co-authors Ron McMillan, with you today.

“If you can create safety, you can talk to almost anyone about almost anything, and they will thank you rather than being angry with you.”

Join me [Sam] as I interview Ron about the incredible impact these skills can have for transforming our relationships, the consequences of trying to ignore Crucial Conversations, and some tips for how we can:

  • Recognise when we’re in or entering Crucial Conversations.
  • Start improving, even if we are naturally conflict avoidant!
  • Learn a few simple techniques that we can start applying to immediately improve our ability to create safety in Crucial Conversations.

Fantastic free tools and resources are available at CrucialConversations.com.Continue reading

6 Unusual Tips for Coping with Pre-Exam Stress

My cousin Claire reminded me that teenagers across Australia are currently feeling the pressure of trial HSC exams, and a few months ago teenagers across the UK were feeling similarly stressed as they (and I) prepared for their Higher exams. It doesn’t matter where in the world you are, what the exam (or interview or driving test etc) is, nor how old you are… exams have the debilitating knack of making most of us feel physically or mentally unwell.Continue reading

Visualisation

The power of visualisation (or visualization depending of which side of the Atlantic you live on). Paul and Gina talk about how to build your confidence for a special event such as a presentation, interview or even a wedding! Using the power of your mind you can have your own dress rehearsal and almost full your subconscious into thinking you have already done it many times before. So when the time does come, it feels like you are an old professional!

Preparation

Do you have a big event coming up? Have you spent more time worrying about it than actually planning for it? Paul and Gina talk about two real life examples where clients have come to them with some major event that was looming up on them. They discuss how to work through the planning process and dealing with the situation if things don’t quite go to plan.