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I just wrapped up a three day visit with my parents here in Los Angeles — we had sooo many laughs and good times.
One of the things I appreciate most about my mom, in particular, is how painfully direct she is.
“I don’t want to go on rides.” “I want that clam chowder — now.” “This show is boring. Let’s go.”
There’s no upset or drama. Just the simple truth of how she feels about any particular subject, in real time.
She’s a living demonstration of the phrase “give it to me straight.” While you may not always like what she has to say, you always know exactly where she stands.
Saying what you mean, directly and plainly, isn’t a skill that comes naturally for many of us.
Especially when it comes to having delicate conversations that involve both business and friendship.
Unfortunately, many of us pretend nothing is wrong (although we’re truly upset inside) or even worse…
Resort to passive aggressive tactics that leave everyone feeling frustrated and misunderstood.
In this brand new episode of MarieTV, learn four simple steps to being more direct with your colleagues and friends so you can tackle tough situations with grace and tact.
Now I’d love to hear from you.
Is there something you’ve been meaning to say to someone, but you haven’t been able to say it in a direct, yet kind, way?
If so, in the comments below use step three from above: Say What You Mean.
Write the “unedited version” of what you want to say (be straight – but respectful) and then write the “cleaned up” version underneath it, in the same comment.
Of course, if you have more to say on the topic of being direct with friends and business partners, I’d love to hear that too.
Thank you, as always, for reading, watching and sharing your experience with our community.