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How to Start Having Open Conversations

Updated: Feb 19, 2022

Let’s be honest, having an open conversation is hard! Starting conversations and finding topics to talk about can be intimidating.

This episode Mark and Monica Neubauer discuss how to start a conversation. They know firsthand that having open conversations is an important part of relationships that takes time and practice. Through their personal experiences and stories, the Neubauers share the process it takes to become better at communicating with your family, friends and co-workers.

The Keys to having An Open Conversation:

  • Create a safe space for conversations.

  • Practice makes perfect. “You need to do it to improve it!”

  • Commit to having conversations every day. Start with 15 minutes daily and then increase the time.

  • Draw someone into your conversation with open ended questions. Use the phrase, Tell Me More...

  • Make your conversation fun.

  • Be a good listener.

M&M Thoughts on Conversation:

  • Most problems in marriages are a result of communication failure or break down. Learn the tools for better communication with An Open Conversation.

  • Communication is a two-way street. Learn how to talk and listen in a conversation.

  • Conversation is a key factor in improving your relationship with your spouse and/or children.

  • Having conversations about feelings is hard!

  • Your feelings drive thoughts and thoughts drive feelings.

  • Having friends that have open conversations can help you have open conversations.

  • Be humble enough in a conversation to say:

    • I don’t have to be right all the time.

    • I don’t have all the information.

    • I care enough about you to hear your opinion on this even if I don’t like it.

"It is Better to be Loving than Right" Joan Del Brock

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If you want to start the journey to having better conversations and listen to An Open Conversation Podcasts, sign up at: We will send you 10 conversation starters to help you with having AN OPEN CONVERSATION. And we have a book with 130 questions once you work through the 10 starter questions. It is a digital download. Purchase book here. We all have good stories! What is yours?

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Resources: Atomic Habits by James Clear


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