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Communicating at Christmas

Christmas: A time of joy, love, laughter and peace on earth. Or maybe not…

While Christmas is a wondrous time of year in many ways, it’s often also when you find yourself in uncomfortable or inappropriate conversations with relatives and friends you’ve hardly seen all year.

You know the sort: The conversations where people think it’s ok to comment on your appearance or weight; state their political views as universal fact; question your relationship/marital status/parenting style; wonder out loud if the reason you’re drinking soft drink is because you’re pregnant; and outright ask if you’re going to hurry up and have a baby soon.

(NB: If you do any of these things in conversation, slap yourself across the face and STOP – immediately.)

For those of you on the receiving end, here are 10 strategies for managing difficult conversations at Christmas:

Twelve lessons I learnt as a journo

This year marks 10 years since I worked as a newspaper journalist for the Latrobe Valley Express in Gippsland, Victoria.

I loved being part of the newsroom: the pace, energy, banter, and having the inside scoop on what was going on.

But it was more than that. My time as a journo taught me skills for life and the lessons I learnt still hold me in great stead today.

Stand tall, speak small

Stand tall, speak small.

The line of choice

Do you sit above or below the line of choice?

Do you take personal responsibility for your behaviour and make conscious decisions about how you respond in any given circumstance, or do you respond automatically and emotionally without thinking at all?

Watch my latest video to find out more.



Helping women find their fabulous

Harmonie Smith is living her dream.

Earlier this year, the manager of Regal Jewellers in Moe branched out and started her own business – a Gippsland-based personal styling and image consultancy called Find Your Fabulous – Personal Styling with Harmonie.

Harmonie now works with women across the region to help them find their fabulous and feel amazing every time they get dressed.

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