When we hear the term “brace for impact”, we know immediately that a collision is about to occur…and we are supposed to hunker down and prepare a defensive posture to minimize the amount of pain and damage that might occur.
I never considered the fact that I ‘brace for impact” emotionally before certain conversations:
- When someone in authority calls me to a meeting
- When I am about to say something that others might not want to hear
- When someone wants to complain to me
- When I am tired of meetings…and along comes another one
When I “brace for impact”, I emotionally start with defending and protecting rather than listening and learning. The opportunity for a productive conversation is lost.
How about you? Do you begin conversations by “bracing for impact”?
Thanks for listening.
(Inspired by this post from Seth Godin)