Speaking up about high stakes emotional issues takes a lot of thoughtful pre-planning. Proper timing and proper word choices are essential. Get it right and you've deepened a relationship and made forward progress. Get it wrong and you've got an even bigger mess to clean up.
Today's Thoughtful Thursday post concerns one of the worst times to communicate-when you are angry. Consider the following:
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.-Ambrose Bierce
1. What difficult conversation do you need to have in the near future? How can you best prepare for the conversation?
2. How long do you need to wait to "cool off" before having the conversation?
3. What recent conversation do you regret having? What could you have done differently to cause a different outcome?