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How to communicate with difficult people

Is there someone in your life whose attitude can cause a “less than desired” response from you? Do you allow one or more people to send you off on a turbo charged emotional response that often ruins an entire day? You are not alone, today I had an “interesting” experience that caused me to re-think my strategy for communicating with difficult people. What is the most effective way in which you deal with challenging individuals?

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Sabrina at MyMiBoSo
Sabrina at MyMiBoSo

As usual, perfect timing :). My life coach gave me an exercise to reflect on the 5 people I spend the most time with and then talk about anything that came up. The good news? I really did spend the majority of what little free time I have with loved ones. The bad news? I have a little judgement monster in me that needed taming, and I had to take a hard look at your tip #1 - not taking it personally - when we had difficult encounters (and especially don't buy what they're selling when coming at me with negativity). It's not been easy, but I've been practicing this the past week, and approaching each conversation with compassion has helped my mind slow down and see them for the loving people that they are. Thank you as always for sharing your insights!

Jens P. Berget
Jens P. Berget

I needed to watch this today. I have spent the entire day with difficult people, and it's hard to understand that I should be grateful for them, at least it's hard to understand at the moment when I'm in the same room, but in retrospect, I truly agree with you. If you believe this, and we act this way, people become less difficult. It means we're in control of the situation and we're in control of how people act. Awesome stuff :)

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