EP 26: Awkward Conversations

Awkward and difficult conversations can be challenging for everybody, but they don’t have to be! In this eye-opening conversation with author and teacher Daisy Turnbull, Meg and Daisy discuss why these conversations are essential, especially in teenage years. Have a listen to this educational podcast episode so you can improve your communication skills for better perspective, boundaries and role modelling.

So what’s this episode really about?

  • How effective communication can strengthen our relationships and help with teen anxiety.
  • A discussion of the consequences of miscommunication and avoidance of necessary conversations.
  • How to improve the quality of your interpersonal communication skills and tips on when to have awkward conversations.

Why you should listen

The most difficult conversations can be the most rewarding. You can actually strengthen your relationships through tough conversations. Whether you’re a mentor, educator, parent or work with teens in any capacity, your confidence in different types of communication will help immensely. You’ll not only experience more meaningful conversations, but also you’ll show better boundaries and perspective in a way that your teen may have never experienced before. This episode is packed with tips to make you the hero in any conversation. Start listening now!

Actionable Skills

  • If you’re an educator, parent or work with teenagers, buy a shoe sponge shiner. If someone comes to you in a state of anguish, give them the sponge and ask them to polish their shoes before returning to you. This action gives them a minute of mindfulness and time to calm down.
  • Find perspective through the following activity. Ask teens to answer the following questions. What’s the worst possible thing that could happen? What’s the best possible thing that could happen? What’s the most likely thing that’s happening right now?
  • If you have an awkward conversation, consider having it take place on a walk, in the car or during a chore like unpacking the dishwasher.

You can quote us on that…

“That ability to step out of a situation and look at it with perspective is a really important skill for teens to learn.”

Daisy Turnbull

“Conversations are, in many ways, a cure for loneliness.”

Daisy Turnbull

“This nuclear family structure puts so much pressure on parents, and it means that kids don’t have anywhere else to go.”

Daisy Turnbull


Daisy Turnbull – Books | Instagram | Twitter


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B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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