‘We need to talk.’ Does this sentence fill you with dread? You’re not alone. These four ominous words are loaded with foreboding and negativity.
Dave Inglis encourages swapping the statement: ‘We need to talk’ with a question: ‘When would be a good time for us to talk?’, or: ‘When would be a good time for us to sit down and have a conversation?’. This allows the other person to respond, rather than react out of fear.