As good as I am with words, I really struggle some times with conversations, being able to articulate what I mean and what I’m feeling about important topics in life and at work. Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott is a great tool for learning how to be intentional and fierce in conversation.
Scott’s premise, which she repeats throughout the book, is: “While no single conversation is guaranteed to change the trajectory of a career, a company, a relationship, or a life, any single conversation can.” Scott walks her readers through various exercises to help understand how to have quality, fierce conversations, the kind that changes everything.
Scott offers two different techniques to dive deep into conversation, as well as practical steps for how to prepare for those conversations. Some of her strongest points include recognizing everyone involved in a conversation will have different truth, based on their perspective, and coming to a conversation to be present there, and no where else.
Through reading the book and doing the assignments throughout each chapter, I was able to bring myself some clarity in various areas of life, and prepare for some conversations that would otherwise be daunting. Scott helps readers ask themselves tough questions to find out the things we’re pretending not to know–which truthfully is more than we’d believe.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Fierce Conversations. I immediately put some of it into action. And while there’s a lot I could still do, knowing how to approach difficult conversations and how to create an environment where open and genuine dialogue is valued and promoted feels like half the battle.
Fierce Conversations is definitely a must read for leaders and managers, but it’s concepts are applicable to any relationship in life. So if you’re looking for more from your relationships, or looking for a way to overcome your difficulties conversing, pick up a copy. You won’t be disappointed.