Episode 108: Finding words for tender conversations with Dr Kathryn Mannix

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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Kathryn’s latest book: Listen: How to Find the Words for Tender Conversations 

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