I wanted to share some techniques that will be helpful when you are going to have a difficult or   important conversation. 

· The empty chair.

With this technique, you have a practice conversation imaging the person is sitting in front of you.

In front of a mirror.

By having and practicing the conversation in a mirror, you will be able to see how you are coming across. It can also help reduce stress because you will feel more comfortable whom talking to the individual.

Practice conversations with a friend

Practice the conversation with a person you consider safe. You will be able to receive feedback and work out what you want to say. 

Practice in your mind, go over scenarios in your head.

Go over in your mind possible responses of what the individual will say as well as how you will respond. 

Write out what you want to say.

This will help you focus on the critical points you want to get across.

          You will get better at this. It’s only a matter of time and training.

Michael Hawkins

Michael Hawkins, MA, LPC is a licensed professional counselor at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH). With almost 25 years of experience as a counselor, he works with clinicians, students, staff, and clients—compassionately attending to the human needs that arise in the practice of veterinary medicine. Counselor’s Corner is a blog devoted to that purpose. BACK TO BLOG