No matter how well your PhD progresses, no matter how good a relationship you (think you) have with your supervisor(s), at some point there’ll be a need for a tough conversation. It could be about publication authorship. It could be about experimental design. It could be about grant writing, or thesis submission or leaving academia. Whatever the topic, I’ll go through some strategies you can use to make these conversations easier. But, don’t be fooled, no matter what, they’ll never be easy.