Our life coaches, Style and Substance, on communicating

Michele Armani and Sally Meisenheimer

Michele Armani and Sally Meisenheimer

— Watch how different people react or respond to your words and adjust accordingly. Even if you don’t intend your words to be threatening or disheartening, they may be perceived that way, which is what matters. Your goal is to have the people in your life receive your words the way you intend them to be understood.

Sometimes a relationship may be beyond repair and you must decide how far you want to pursue change, and sometimes you may have to “agree to disagree” — after you have each presented your views in a relaxed and accepting way.

Always “debrief” yourself when your conversations have gone wrong, as well as when they have gone well. This puts strategies in your “pocket” that work and it discards strategies that don’t.

Some situations and topics will always be uncomfortable, but with practice and purpose you can resolve them.


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