The Way to Say It is not just about finding the right words. The Way to Say It is a kind of conversation that steps into rather than shies away from difficult, challenging and uncomfortable topics. It is a mindset that says, “Let’s resolve this,” rather than “Let’s ignore it.”
It’s a belief that honest, direct conversation is more productive than beat-around-the-bush conversation. The Way to Say It is about continuing to improve our communication skills whether we are at home, at work, in a group or with one individual, young or old, self-employed or in the corporate world.
The Way to Say It is ALWAYS:
- Honest and authentic
- Direct and clear
- Free of blame and attack
- Without judgment
- Intent on creating understanding and resolution
- Free of sarcasm
- Personally responsible
- Able to say what needs to be said (not just what’s comfortable)
- Willing to listen as well as speak
- Calm and neutral
- Free of manipulation
- Brave and bold
I’m totally committed to this type of conversation whatever the topic. It’s an ongoing process…finding the right words, the right tone, the right approach to make all conversations bridges rather than dividers.
What topics do you find difficult in conversation? What communication challenge do you have questions about? I invite you to share, ask, speak, and follow me on this blog as we explore The Way to Say It as a way of life.