No one likes difficult conversations. But as a first-time manager, you might be even more weary of having them. As career consultant Joseph Liu explains, first-time managers tend to be disproportionately focused on getting along well with their direct reports—especially those who may have once been lateral peers. And because of that, “they may shy away from having tough conversations because they’re concerned about the negative impact on the relationship,” he says. Other first-time managers might struggle to take on the role of a superior, and are uncomfortable sharing negative feedback—and others still may be unsure of how to give negative feedback. Whatever the issue, having difficult conversations doesn’t have to be a bad experience. With this guide, you can have tough talks without significant stress and worry, these career experts say.