Are you speaking in a room that provides privacy? Do you have time to have a longer conversation?
- It makes the other person feel understood and acknowledged. It is very validating.
- Speaking from an “I-perspective” allows the other person to take or not take your advice hidden in the story. He or she can decide and does not need to feel pressured or even attacked.
- It allows for intimacy. Disclosure creates a connection of genuine caring for the other person which in turn builds trust and safety.
Take a moment and think about your professional relationships. Have you ever shared something of your private opinion, dreams or experiences? And if not, what depths do your professional relationships have? Do they genuinely serve the best of your interests?