A Masterclass on Hard Conversations: Part 2 – Mindset

Masterclass on Hard Conversations

A Masterclass on Hard Conversations: Part 2 – Mindset

We’re doing an experiment. 3 episodes on the wildly important subject of having HARD but RICH conversations.  This is sooooooo important right now.  Right?  Difficult conversations usually involve a touchy subject but with the right mindset… they can be incredibly RICH and rewarding too.  Also, we’re experimenting with our timing.  So each episode will be about 15 minutes long.  Short… sweet and to the point!  So let’s get to it!


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“If you know your WHY, your HOW will come.” – Mitch

Brian Tracy once said, “Think on paper. Every minute you spend in planning can save you five to ten minutes in execution.”  

Adam Carroll says, “You have to know that the juice is worth the squeeze.”

The Dalai Lama once said, “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know.  But if you listen, you may learn something new.” 

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill 

Way back in about 100 AD, the Greek philosopher Epictetus said, “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”


I recorded this one from Silverthorne, Colorado.  I’m on a little trip with my family but I wanted to record the episode with as much of YOUR input as possible.  So yeah… I set up a mobile studio with just about the best view… ever.


So… here’s what my view looked like! 🙂

Masterclass on Hard Conversations



  • 0:02 What to expect today
  • 2:37 Six strategies to have hard conversations
  • 2:52 Know you’re why
  • 4:07 Giving the gift of “not surprising
  • 5:57 The gift of listening
  • 8:19 W.A.I.T
  • 9:48 Watch your but
  • 11:10 Keep an open mind
  • 12:44 Confident vulnerability




How about you?  What’s a strategy that stood out to you?  

What’s something YOU are going to try this week?

Also, I want to hear from YOU on your favorite strategies for navigating hard conversations.  Comment and let me know.  And hey, if I use your concept I’ll give you a shout out in the episode too!  Cool?  Cool.

  • Shiv Kumar
    Posted at 14:46h, 28 June Reply

    I loved the phrase “confident vulnerability” and the message that these two states of mind can co-exist. Also, the usage of AND instead of BUT is indeed quite powerful.

    BTW, the sound quality was fantastic Mitch! 🙂

    • Mitch Matthews
      Posted at 08:06h, 29 June Reply

      Shiv! Thanks so much for the feedback AND for submitting your suggestions! You helped to make this episode happen my friend! And I totally agree with you. I love the phrase “Confident Vulnerability.” So powerful! And hey… LEAD was pretty dang awesome too! 🙂

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