Whenever you need to disagree with your boss or a client or a team member in a team meeting, you need to disagree diplomatically.
Seven ideas to increase your success in disagreeing diplomatically include:
- Always restate your understanding of the other person’s position, to demonstrate your understanding.
- Maintain a neutral tone
- Maintain positive body language.
- Seek for their acceptance of your perception… if they don’t say they agree, are they nodding?
- Restate until you get their agreement.
- Value their position, feelings or thoughts by identifying what you believe to be the worth of their position. Say, “I can see the value of…”
- Always add however… never “but” before introducing your position.
- Share your differing opinions, strategies or alternate recommendations.
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