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As holidays near, an MSU professor offers tips for dealing with difficult conversations

A table set for a holiday meal
A table set for a holiday meal

Dr. Erin Wehrman is a communications expert at Missouri State University.

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With the holiday season coming up in a few weeks, many of us are likely planning family gatherings, decorating our homes, thinking about meals to prepare and more.

As we gather with family and friends, there’s the potential we'll encounter some difficult conversations.

Communication expert Dr. Erin Wehrman talks about how to prepare for and handle tough conversations over the upcoming holidays. She's also an associate professor of communication and the former director of the Center for Dispute Resolution in the department of communication, media, journalism and film at Missouri State University.

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A native of Malaysia, Emily moved to Springfield in 2010 and started working at Missouri State University in 2014. She’s currently the assistant director in the Office of Strategic Communication. She has a BA in Mass Communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
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