Once carers feel comfortable with this new form of dialogue, more advanced motivational listening and questioning techniques can be implemented. It is important to remember that the skills involved in motivational interviewing represent a steep learning curve. It takes therapists several years to achieve proficiency in a professional setting. Consequently, carers should not be hard on themselves. We recommend that carers start with the basic listening and questioning techniques. Remember the adage every mistake is a treasure! Carers often comment that talking like this feels abnormal or strange. This is certainly not an intuitive means of communicating. It is a measured and thoughtful way of being compassionate that will improve with practice.