Uncomfortable Conversations

Things are a little stressful right now, aren’t they?

COVID-19 is surging again and there are debates about wearing masks in public and social distancing. There are tensions with bringing racism, unconscious bias, Black Lives Matter, and social justice all to the forefront of our consciousness. And of course, we are in an election year in a country that has never been more divided.

No matter where you stand on any of these issues, I think we can all agree that we need to have some real, deep conversations in order to move forward and make things better for everyone. And let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room… some of these conversations are uncomfortable.

But they are important. Not just important, they are critical.

It’s easy for us to avoid uncomfortable conversations, but we absolutely need to engage in them now more than ever.

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing some tools that can help you better communicate your thoughts and feelings and how to join in the conversations in a meaningful way.

Today, I wanted to share a fantastic example with you. ESPN sports analyst and former NFL player Emmanuel Acho started a video series called “Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man” and I highly recommend that you take a few moments to watch them. He addresses many questions that have come up in the last few weeks and answers them in clear, concise, and thoughtful ways.

A new episode is released each week on his YouTube channel and shared on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I hope you’ll watch it along with me!

Here are the links to watch the first 4 episodes:

Episode 1 with Emmanuel Acho
Episode 2 with guest Matthew McConaughey
Episode 3 with guests Chip and Joanna Gaines and their children
Episode 4 with Emmanuel Acho

I guarantee you will walk away with a new understanding of what is going on and what you can do to help create real, lasting change.



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