Guidelines for Conversing with Individuals who Do Not Share Your Opinion.
The Era we are living in is breeding disagreements in issues. Even when you read the news, you will find contradicting information that you will disagree with. More so, disagreements are likely to be more pronounced when one is in a conversation. There is power in the use of words. Individuals get hurt when they feel that their counterpart is not appreciating their ideas. As long as you are living in current times you will have to engage in more serious conversations. Instead of participating in these conflicting talks, people divert their energy to other important issues. Urgent issues are the ones which will lead to difficult chats and we need to engage in them to bring about change in our society.
If you have an opportunity to keep away from the contradicting talks, you should do just that. Discussions about the president or abortion should not be your interest. Such conversations are only political. Make a decision to be neutral in any conversation that you engage in and persuade others to do the same politely. Always take a deep breath if at all you want to converse with someone who is disagreeing with you. It is advisable that you allow ample time to the person you are speaking with so that they can air their view comfortably. You would wish to ask them whether they are done speaking. As long as you will breathe I before you respond in a conversation, you will find it easy to contribute towards the same.
Learn to ask questions since they are a vehicle to a positive conversation. Questions neutralizes any heating emotion between parties engaging in argumentative conversations. When you ask this question, you will have an opportunity to relax as you take a deep breath. As long as the other party will elaborate more about their point, you will see the sense in their argument. Gaining better understanding of the message put across by the people you are talking with will help you to decide whether to agree with them or not. Ensure that you ask open questions that will show that you want to know more about the message passed on to you.
It is wise that you look for a way through which you will end a difficult chat. It is inevitable here for one of you to agree to disagree. For instance, making a joke is a better way of concluding the conversation. Despite the fact that you don’t share the same opinion, you are still friends. The most important thing to do is to practice active listening as a communication skill.