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The Art and Science of Difficult Conversations

The Art and Science of Difficult Conversations

Hosted by: Chris Wong & Lucie Tesarova

Welcome to "The Art and Science of Difficult Conversations," the podcast that takes you on a transformative journey through the world of interpersonal communication. Join us as we explore the delicate dance of...

Episodes

23: Talking about body image - Interview with Laura Conley

Season #1

How do we have conversations about body image? Especially in a culture where a high premium is placed on how we look and how much we weigh, it’s hard to find confidence in our own bodies. Today, Lucie and Chris...
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22: How to Deal with Staff Member Pushing Back on Delegation (Roleplay)

Season #1

Episode Overview: In this role-play episode, Lucie and Chris delve into a common workplace challenge: managing delegation effectively, especially when team members resist added responsibilities. They simulate a...
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21: Strategy - What NOT to say, part 2

Season #1

Even more things NOT to say in hard conversations In this strategy episode, Chris walks through 12 instinctual communication habits that almost all of us use without realizing it. And most of the time, it’s not a big...
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20: How to find confidence in being your authentic self. Interview with Andrea Horton-Meriçli

Season #1

What does it mean to grow up in different cultural settings? How do you find your own voice and find the confidence to be yourself? In this episode, Chris interviews Andrea Horton-Meriçli, Founder of Diversifuse DEI...
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19: Managing Up Roleplay - Career Conversation with Avoidant Boss

Season #1

Ever found yourself in a sticky situation with your boss or a colleague where you just couldn't express your needs effectively? 🤔 Tune into our latest episode of "The Art and Science of Difficult Conversations," where...
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18: What NOT to say, Part 1

Season #1

Communication is really hard; good dialogue is even harder.  The essence of good communication and good dialog is being able to say what you want to say and create an environment where the other person is also...
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17: Interview with Jack Skeels on His Leadership Journey

Season #1

Everyone’s leadership journey is different, but have you ever:  -        Been told you were not a good leader -        Set out to prove them wrong -        Realize they were right all along? That’s Jack Skeels story -...
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16: Talking to a stubborn parent who needs living assistance (Roleplay)

Season #1

In this thought-provoking episode, hosts Chris Wong and Lucie Tesarova delve into the complexities of navigating emotionally charged discussions within family dynamics. Using a role-playing strategy, they explore the...
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15: Advanced Listening Skills

Season #1

There is no shortage of seminars, books, and trainings out there that focus on active listening skills.  But even if you get good at them, what are you even listening for?  In this episode, Chris walks through just...
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14: How Knowing Different Personality Styles Can Help You in Your Conversations (Lucie Tesarova with Steven Farber)

Season #1

This episode features Steven Farber discussing with Lucie Tesarova the critical role of communication in solving workplace issues and improving personal relationships. Tune in to learn:  - how empathy &...
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13: Managing up to a micromanager (Roleplay)

Season #1

Summary:  Have you ever had that frustrating experience of working with a boss who keeps criticizing you and micromanaging you? Or, maybe you are a team leader who works with team members that you don’t trust that...
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12: When it is time to call it quits

Season #1

When is it time to call it quits?A question we’ve been getting more and more recently is “when is it time to call it quits”?  And it’s a fair question, because drawing the line in hard conversations is more than just...
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