11 episodes

Let’s talk about . . . talking! Conversations are the heartbeat of relationships and yet we so often avoid the sensitive, difficult, intimate, emotional and scary ones. We play it safe and bit by bit our relationships become less intimate, less real, and less satisfying. Join my guests and I, as we explore what makes intimate conversations so scary and why we avoid them. We will talk about how to prepare for them, initiate them and participate in them in ways that deepen intimacy, clarify misunderstandings, repair disconnects, and resolve conflicts. We can learn to bravely ask for change, express our feelings, apologize with grace, see things from new perspectives, and invite growth into our relationships. We can build, repair and deepen our relationships, one conversation at a time. ​We get personal on this show. We talk about conversations we regret not having, the ones that we are forever grateful we had, the ones we wish we had done differently, and the ones we are currently avoiding.I have spent the last three decades learning, practicing, coaching, mediating and teaching how to effectively approach difficult conversations and conflicts and I still get butterflies before a tough conversation!. Join me . . . and let's get talking!

Once Upon a Conversation Deborah Graham

    • Society & Culture

Let’s talk about . . . talking! Conversations are the heartbeat of relationships and yet we so often avoid the sensitive, difficult, intimate, emotional and scary ones. We play it safe and bit by bit our relationships become less intimate, less real, and less satisfying. Join my guests and I, as we explore what makes intimate conversations so scary and why we avoid them. We will talk about how to prepare for them, initiate them and participate in them in ways that deepen intimacy, clarify misunderstandings, repair disconnects, and resolve conflicts. We can learn to bravely ask for change, express our feelings, apologize with grace, see things from new perspectives, and invite growth into our relationships. We can build, repair and deepen our relationships, one conversation at a time. ​We get personal on this show. We talk about conversations we regret not having, the ones that we are forever grateful we had, the ones we wish we had done differently, and the ones we are currently avoiding.I have spent the last three decades learning, practicing, coaching, mediating and teaching how to effectively approach difficult conversations and conflicts and I still get butterflies before a tough conversation!. Join me . . . and let's get talking!

    Joyful Curiosity with Life Coach Sara Smeaton

    Joyful Curiosity with Life Coach Sara Smeaton

    Join me and life coach Sara Smeaton as we talk about invitations to change, curiosity and judgement, what we can learn from snails (!) and how we can lean into joy even as we challenge ourselves to stretch and grow. Sara is a certified professional coach and facilitator who helps midlife women follow their dreams after forty."You have as much possibility in front of you as you have experience behind you. That's what gives you so much power."https://sarasmeaton.com/

    • 33 min
    Loving after death with Mary-Anne Popescu

    Loving after death with Mary-Anne Popescu

    Mary-Anne is the executive director of the Ontario Association of Family Mediators and has her own mediation practice as well. She brings her passion, love and joy to everything she does and everyone she meets. We talk about the conversations she is grateful she had with her brother who passed away five years ago and the ones she regrets not having. She wishes they had talked about if one of them died early or unexpectedly so that he would have known how much she would continue to love him af...

    • 25 min
    Disrupting and Connecting with Bernie Mayer

    Disrupting and Connecting with Bernie Mayer

    Bernie Mayer, an icon in the global mediation field, a scholar, a writer, a practitioner, a teacher, a mentor and a friend, joins me today to talk about his book The Neutrality Trap, Disrupting and Connecting for Social Change. Earlier books include: The Conflict Paradox, Seven Dilemmas at the Core of Disputes, The Dynamics of Conflict, Beyond Neutrality, and Staying With Conflict.We talk about disrupting and connecting around larger societal issues as well as in our families and intima...

    • 33 min
    The Meaning of Money with Judith Stern Peck

    The Meaning of Money with Judith Stern Peck

    • 37 min
    Nothing left to say with Radhiki Lakhani

    Nothing left to say with Radhiki Lakhani

    Radhika is an a lawyer turned inner wellness teacher and personal and business alignment coach. In today's episode, Radhika talks about bringing unconditional love to her work. "I love you when you're angry. I love you when you're sad. I love you when you're happy. Because I think as children, we didn't all get that. It was like, stop crying. Why are you so angry? What's wrong with you? Right? And we were conditioned to go, oh, okay. Those parts of me are not welcome. So as adults now, half o...

    • 31 min
    Things get real with Victoria Smith

    Things get real with Victoria Smith

    Victoria Smith is a mediator, collaborative lawyer, author and teacher. She has been ten years ahead of me our whole lives, going to the same elementary school, junior high (winning the same awards), high school (being on student council) and law school! We discovered all of this on our first friendship date. Join us as we connect around the work we do, the conversations we have with our children and the profound end of life conversations Victoria and her family had with her mother-in-law."I ...

    • 36 min

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