Steps to Follow When Talking with Persons Who have Contradicting Opinions.
There are high chances for people to have varying opinions about issues. Even when you read the news, you will find contradicting information that you will disagree with. There are higher chances that you will be engaged in a more heating argument when you are talking with someone. Words are stronger in any conversation. If the person you are speaking with is not taking your opinion seriously, you will feel offended. 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. For us to bring about some changes in our community, we need to invest our time in these heating debates.
Avoid engaging in competitive conversations where necessary. Conversations such as who will be the next president or whether abortion should be legalized or not are worth your time. Note that these conversations are political in nature. Make a decision to be neutral in any conversation that you engage in and persuade others to do the same politely. For you to successfully engage in a difficult conversation, you should take a deep breath first. Allow enough time to the other party so that they can summarize their point. 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. This will be a chance for one to breathe in and out so that they can relax. If an opportunity is granted for your opponent to expound more on what they are emphasizing, you will get a better understanding. After you have clearly understood the other party’s points, it will be easy for you to get a better understanding. Asking questions is an avenue to earn trust from the other party and they will appreciate you.
It is wise that you look for a way through which you will end a difficult chat. One party has to agree to disagree here. Crack a joke that will bring life to the heavy conversation and conclude it. This will show that even if you disagreement on issues, you don’t have to be enemies. Active listening is key to the success of any conversation.