If It Is So Good To Talk, Why Is It So Hard
Ian A. Marsh
Rediscovering the power of conversation
‘Talk to them.’ ‘Have the conversation.’ ‘You have to tell them’. We have probably all been there, whether it was the advice of someone close to us, or our own inner voice. It is always good advice, but some conversations are hard. We just cannot get the words out. Or we try our best but someone gets angry, or defensive, and it all goes horribly wrong. Maybe we think we got our point across, but it turns out that no-one was listening. Or, perhaps, that was us?
Ian A. Marsh
Ian Marsh is a renowned listener, speaker, coach, facilitator and mediator, who focuses on helping people talk about the things that matter most to them; the things they generally find it hardest to talk about.
A former lawyer, Ian has worked with business families for more than 40 years and has seen at first had the damage intractable conflict can do to people and their relationships if it is left to its own devices.
Through If it is so Good to Talk, Why is it so Hard? Ian brings his passion for helping people to overcome the perils, and rediscover the power, of face-to-face conversation in a digital, and increasingly polarised, world to a far wider audience.
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Where does that come from?
Spend some time with your journal. Bring to mind a group of people you do not know well, and who make you feel uneasy, scared even. What is it about them that makes you feel uneasy? Do not overthink it or try to analyse. Just ask the question (it may help if you give yourself […]
Who are we?
Spend some time with your journal. Bring to mind a group that is really important to you. It may be your family, workplace or perhaps a faith or social group. Why do you stay together as a group? If it gives you a sense of collective agency, agency to do what? What is your common […]
Find somewhere quiet where you will not be disturbed, and put all your tech out of sight, sound and reach. Sit comfortably. Take a few moments to bring yourself to the here and now. Without moving your head, or shifting your gaze, become aware of all you can see around you, in both central and […]