“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking,” opined General George S. Patton.
Disagreements in life are inevitable. My Florida College Bible teacher, the late Edgar Srygley once quipped, “Where two or three are gathered together….you’re going to have a problem.”
Today’s list offers 7 tips on how to disagree without being disagreeable.
How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable:
7 Tips for Having More Productive Discussions
#1 Be mindful of your tone.
#2 Don’t use “you” statements.
#3 Avoid filler words or hesitant phrases.
#4 Do your research.
#5 Don’t get personal.
#6 Be mindful of your body language.
#7 Know your non-negotiables.
Incidentally, it was updated with two additional suggestions:
#8 Assume the best intent.
#9 Know when to take a break.
BTW, I would add one more.
#10 Practice the golden rule (Matt. 7:12) Treat other people the way you want to be treated.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman