Handling Difficult Conversations

There has emerged a new trend in which people are finding it hard to keep a logical and reasonable conversation going for long. You shall readily see this not just on social media, but also when people gather for festivities. These cases will show up the moment a conversation gets going. The words we use carry a lot of weight, more so now than ever before.
This has made it hard to have easier conversations. There are more of us shying away from holding a conversation. But sooner or later, we will have to talk to each other. It is also important that we remember the power and beauty of conversation. This should be what guides us as we learn more about how to steer conversations even when they start to become difficult.
You need first to shed the opposing side’s style of talking. Many topics quickly lead to there being opposing sides at the table. This can be stopped when no one takes a side. Alternatively, you can ask the other party to also refrain from making the situation worse. this could take you a while, but you can manage to do so with time.
You need to learn to start each of your sentence with a deep breath. Keep practicing this each time you find yourself in a conversation that has the potential to escalate. You need to wait your turn then till the other party is done speaking. Confirm if they are done before speaking. Breathing is a great way to remove emotions from tour words, and to soften their blow.
It is best if you learn to ask a lot of questions. Questions help to bring about more meaningful ideas, and the other party feels great too. It will also give you time to regroup. The other person also gets to think beyond what they currently were. The conversation will benefit by there being more substantial issues on the table and will approach an agreeable ending. As it goes on; emotions shall continue to dwindle. You can ask questions that get them to explain their point further, or to give illustrations of what they are saying. These questions show your genuine interest to learn more and come across as not having emotions.
It is best it the conversation ends with both parties in agreement. Arguments are not the best way to end such conversations. This should also make you see sense in turning a difficult conversation into an easier and friendlier one. You can point out the things both parties agree on and focus on those as you draw to a close.
The tips shared here are best executed when you are actively listening to what is being said, and remain present.