Are You Having These Three Types of Conversations?

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Oftentimes it’s not necessarily what we’re saying in conversations to others but, how we’re saying it that really makes the greatest difference.

Telling people what to do, for instance, can be perceived as demanding and degrading, and it puts people on the defensive. Asking questions however, demonstrates humility, opens up dialogue, and encourages participation. We’ve developed three questioning strategies to boost communication by making sure the right conversations are taking place.

  1. Coaching Conversations will help you inspire others to solve problems and generate ideas, while encouraging their success.
  2. Straight-Talk Conversations are a tool for bringing up difficult problems or something that’s bothering you about someone else.
  3. Agreement-Building Conversations build alignment and make sure that everyone is on the same page.

The good news is that it’s possible to master all three of these essential conversations relatively quickly. Once you get the conversation going by setting the right tone, things will go just fine.Over the next several posts, I’ll give tips on how to successfully engage in each of these types of conversation.

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Amy A. Pearl

Amy is the Chief Optimizer at Work Ignited and the author of Amazon #1 Best Seller "The Collaboration Breakthrough". For almost twenty years, Amy and her team has provided strategic solutions and simple tools to help business leaders and HR professionals ignite their passion, ignite their teams, and ignite their workplaces. Amy specializes in helping individuals and entire organizations think differently and achieve more by bringing data to life through employee surveys, psychometric assessments, and 360° feedback assessments.

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