I would like to tell you this because…

I would like to tell you this because…

When you set up a conversation like this, it’s like a signal to the other person, it helps prepare them for the message you are about to deliver.

That was just one of my learnings today from Pat Hirst,  author of In a Perfect World – Interpersonal Skills for Life – as she talked about skills that matter. We had a great conversation and I left with takeaways such as the above tip and the below thoughts:

  • Get curious vs furious
  • Give developmental feedback vs negative feedback
  • Add a healthy person to your life

and… what really resonated with me was to think about the intention of you communication before you even begin the conversation.  I’m thinking if we all did that, there would be a lot less drama in our (perfect) world.

Her book contains endless ideas and great exercises to help you master your communication skills.  Here is a complimentary chapter with a cool and useful conversation checklist!…Chapter 8 – Conversation Preparation Checklist

Laurie Mustard also shined his light in the CJOB studios today and asked this provocative question … “What’s eating your life, second by second?”

Enjoy the whole show here…


Stephanie Staples, CSP* is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, and the recipient of the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur Award for Contributions to Community. Stephanie empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at http://www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca.

* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.


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