Talk is so important to get things done and relationships healthy, both at work and in our personal life. When stakes are high, it’s important to be ready for what London based author Sarah Rozenthuler calls Big Conversations. In her book Life-Changing Conversations she presents 7 strategies for talking about what matters most. Whether it’s meant to talk to our bullying boss, to our beloved partner or face the confrontation of losing a job, loved one or chase your dream, this book will help you sort it out. This book how effective talk strategies can make a difference in our own lives as well as reaching our goals in a Big Conversation. Each strategy is introduced with a real-life case study, an extract to keep more readers on the same page and an elaboration of an effective way to handle it. Each strategy comes with one or more exercises. These 18 exercies are further detailed in the second part of the book. Small changes can make a big difference. It’s not what we say, but how we say it. Mind shifting or paradigm change, check your feelings and honesty are some of the important matters here.
Psychologist and coach Sarah Rozenthuler provides seven keys to success: calling up your courage, focusing on your intention, creating positive space, speaking your truth, having a flexible style, cultivating constructive controversy, and obtaining closure. Her book reminds me of Crucial Conversations – Tools for talking when stakes are High by Kerry Patterson. Other authors capturing the same kind of success factors for conversations are Everyone Communicates Few Connect by John Maxwell and Office Politics: a Survival Guide by Jane Clark.