Are you struggling with a problem or relationship? Finding yourself in too many arguments lately? Or just wanting to know how to navigate difficult conversations better? Here are 5 tips on handling conflict that allow you to honor yourself and your relationships while having productive conversations. Discord and disagreement are inevitable, so let’s look at ways that you can show up as your best self in order to SOLVE conflict in a more productive way.
Let’s start by recognizing that change starts with YOU. Let’s first tackle the situation by working on what you control which is your mindset and how you show up.
PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME. Think through the discussion in advance. What is the outcome you’re seeking? What’s the future you want beyond this conversation? How do you want to show up? Who do you NOT want to be? What does a respectful discussion, meeting or negotiation look like?
MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS. Anticipate the feelings that will come up and maintain control over them. Manage your emotions with your breathing, movement and self-talk. If you need a break, take it!
UNDERSTAND OTHERS’ PERSPECTIVES. Even if you don’t agree with the other person, listen! Try to listen for their feelings, the theme of what they’re saying, and recognize their needs. People won’t always state these directly, so pay attention!
SEEK COMMON GROUND. Find a common goal and anchor the conversation there. Making your point and trying to win won’t often lead to a great shared result. Once you know the other perspectives, navigate the conversation to any common ground and build from there.
END WELL. Appreciate the other person for engaging with you, no matter the outcome. Share your thoughts and set next-steps as appropriate.
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