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Magnificent Midlife

Jun 14, 2022

In this episode, I welcome back Dr Kathryn Mannix to the podcast. Kathryn’s first interview was titled Talking About Death because that’s exactly what we did. Kathryn spent many years as a palliative care doctor and wrote the best-selling book With The End In Mind. Here we’re talking about her latest book Listen: How to Find the Words for Tender Conversations. This is a powerful and moving conversation which I hope you will love as much as I did.

We talk about:

- The experience of recording Kathryn’s own audiobook

- Why Kathryn felt this book needed to be written after her first one

- What it means to have a tender conversation

- Why listening is so important when it comes to having these conversations

- How we can get better at listening

- The power of silence

- Some of the wonderful stories in the book

- How to have tender conversations in a professional context

- Moving away from trying to fix someone’s problems

- Some of the ways we can encourage others to open up

- The devastating impact of Covid on communication in a healthcare setting

- Kathryn’s advice for how to manage tender conversations at the very end of life

And more!


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