Ever been trapped in an awkward conversation with an opinionated person? Of course you have – unless you’re part of a religious order that’s taken a vow of silence. Whether the person enjoys rattling on about politics, religion, office gossip, a favorite sports team, or they’re trying to get you to do something their way, you just can’t seem to avoid the discussion. But you can get out of it with grace with a couple of easy-to-remember lines.
When someone is spouting off, you can simply say, “Hmm. I see it differently.” There’s no need to banter or go into further detail. Then do your best to quickly remove yourself from the situation.
The second technique is from Barbara Walters' book, “How to Talk With Practically Anybody About Practically Anything.” When someone tries to slam their opinion down your throat, say, “You’ve obviously given the matter a lot of thought, and it’s been interesting to hear your views.” Now that’s a classy way to make an exit.