4 Tips for Having Difficult Discussions

Updated: Sep 1, 2018

With everything that is being covered in the news and happening in our country lately, it is natural to feel discouraged and want to discuss these major issues with people; however, we all know that sometimes it can be hard to have these serious conversations. Topics such as mental health, suicide, racial relations, violence, or even politics, are difficult to talk about, but it is so important that we do.

Here are four helpful hints for having meaningful and important conversations around tough topics. With these tips, hopefully we can all engage in more of these crucial conversations and make them productive, respectful, and maybe even enjoyable.

1. Make Listening Your Goal

For all conversations, especially ones regarding what are often considered “difficult” topics, it is so important to listen. Though this may sound simple, do not underestimate how hard it is to actually be tuned into what another person is saying. It is easy to be planning what you are going to say or even thinking about what you are having for dinner while someone else is spe