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When a Conversation Turns Crucial

by Karen Stiller

Have you ever had a conversation that started out innocently — as in, not intended to be a fight — but quickly derailed and became a train wreck? I know I have. And it seems the closer the relationship (spouse, parent, child, close co-worker) the greater the risk of a fiery conversation crash.

Read the full Crucial Conversations cover story in the July/Aug Faith Today.
Read the full Crucial Conversations cover story in the July/Aug Faith Today.

Our July/August Faith Today cover story deals with just this topic.

Tim Schroeder, national pastor for The Leadership Centre Willow Creek Canada, wrote the piece for us, delving into what a “crucial conversation” is and why it’s so important we get them right.

The material for the story is based on the book Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High (McGraw Hill, 2011), a book that I bought for myself a couple of years ago and now sits worn out and well-read on my shelf of books I will not give away (and don’t easily lend because I don’t want to lose it).

A crucial conversation, according to www.crucialskills.com (and our article!),  is “a discussion between two or more people where (1) the stakes are high, (2) opinions vary and (3) emotions run strong.”
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