November 11, 2004

TIME OUT: Difficult Conversations

I hoped this first post would demonstrate the newscoaching ideal. I hoped wisdom would emanate from me the way the holy spirit emanates from saints pictured on religious candles.
Instead, thanks to an awkward but necessary ed board meeting, I've decided to focus on difficult newsroom conversations with help from two of my favorite coaching resources.
Newsroom management guru, Edward Miller, penned several essays on this including, "Opening a Difficult Conversation," "Listening to Complaints" and "Tips for Difficult Conversations."
Steve Buttry, writing coach, Omaha World-Herald, writes a coaching blog for professional newscoaches. His June 21 posting demonstrates how working with new reporters requires trust and responsibility, not just on their part, but on ours.