How to handle opposition in 5 simple tips.

| October 31, 2017

Are you a shy person? Are you always worried about how to handle opponents?

Do you blame yourself after a conversation because you were not able to express your opinion? Yes? Then these suggestions are for you!

Whether you are chatting with a friend, or having a formal conversation with a colleague, you might find these 5 suggestions useful:

 

  1. DON’T PANIC.

This probably could have gone without saying. Take a deep breath and don’t feel intimidated if you feel that the person in front of you does not share your point of view. Breathe again and don’t be afraid!

 

  1. LISTEN BEFORE SPEAKING

It is easy to quickly judge the person in front of you. Allow yourself time to listen instead. The other person should be able to express his/her opinion. Don’t interrupt them! This tip will also give you time to think about your reply.

 

  1. ASK QUESTIONS

Again, since it is easy to make assumptions about someone else’s opinion, you should be careful! Asking questions is a good way to understand the reasons behind someone’s perspective. It will give you also extra time to reflect before speaking!

 

  1. TELL A STORY

Sometimes a mere “theoretical approach” can sound quite abstract. The other person might feel that you want to teach them something. This might create a divide between you both.

Instead, a good way to facilitate communication and to express your point might be through “story-telling”. A reflection on practical examples, whether of daily life or not, can be a more direct way to express yourself.

 

  1. HE/SHE IS A PERSON LIKE YOU!

Last but not least, never forget that on the other side there’s a PERSON like you. You might not share the same perspective on a variety of topics, but you must always speak with love, gentleness and kindness. In the end, you should behave as you wish others’ to behave towards you.

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