There are certain people who need to have their egos stroked constantly. If you have ever found yourself stuck in a conversation at a party with one of these people, you can relate to how horrible conversing with them is..
Despite this torture, these people can be tolerated. Here are 3 types of difficult people to talk to and how to best handle them:
1. The braggart. The braggart is all about money, and likes to talk about their wealth in an ostentatious way.
If you know the humble-brag, you have an idea of the braggarts main weapon of choice. “The insurance premiums on my yacht are killing me, I might only be able to get myself the 30 footer instead of the 40 footer”, he might say. If you find yourself speaking to a braggart, acknowledge his good fortune and try to steer the conversation to something else.
2. The rumor-monger. The rumor-monger intentionally puts themselves into the center of attention by gossiping about others. If you find yourself talking to a rumor-monger, change the subject or better yet, get away from them. Never ever tell them anything confidential under any circumstances, unless you want the news spread around.
3. The one-upper. The one-upper is the first congratulate you on your accomplishments but telling him he’ll get to your level soon. Oh you just went on a ski trip to Aspen, my family went their when our kids were beginners, it’s a great small town slope if you can’t handle a real mountain.”
The one-upper has to feel like they matter – ask them questions. Grit and bear it.
Now that you know how to handle some difficult conversationalists, you are ready for your next party!
from Steve Kaplan, The Entrepreneur http://ift.tt/NChoJe