The Art Of Critical Conversations In 11 Simple Steps

Mastering the art of critical conversations can be an emotional and distressing experience. With various opinions being thrown around, often critical conversations can be a difficult journey to get through.

Whether you are discussing something personal or professional, these 11 steps can prove beneficial in conquering challenging discourse. See below for ways to accomplish whether in critical conversation from the boardroom to a personal chat with friends and strangers. Remember to conquer the conversation, don’t let it conquer you.

1. Observe Details

Understand fully what you are being critical of. Pay attention to details and offer a broader perspective that everyone can appreciate. Try not to be so cliché. Often, people tend to respond better to something new and interesting.

While offering something familiar to a conversation is great in getting everyone on board with your views, something new will peak interest. So try and experience everything differently from what is considered the norm and once you find yourself in intense conversations, offer a view that will have the others admiring you.

2. Think Before You Speak

As the age old phrase goes, “think before you speak” is also a wise expression. Think before you put your thoughts out there. Yet have no regrets in what you say and how you express it – as long as you do not intend to purposely offend someone by bringing in prejudice.

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Confidence is of course a great characteristic to have, yet not understanding how harmful words can be can create tension. Think of ways to get a message across and express yourself more clearly and efficiently. You have a mind, be prepared to always use it.

3. Be Witty And Quick

Want others to feel that you understand? Be witty and quick in your responses. Not only does being sharp really up the ante of any debate or discourse, it also draws people in. Show that you have the skills to defend your opinions and enjoy the overall conversation. No need to make things harsh and create an air of tension. Avoid the negativity and let conversation energize you. Wittiness keeps things light hearted and positive.

4. Be Prepared For Just As Witty Responses

Be prepared for just as quick and sharp responses. Never underestimate others! Utilize those critical thinking skills we all learned in secondary school. There is nothing like really dissecting something and participating in a debate.

Take it all in stride and do not become overly anxious about proving yourself to the other. As long as you make yourself clear, that is just enough to get a message across. Continue the flow of the conversation and enjoy it for what it is, another human interaction that you can enjoy and learn from.

5. Do Not Be Afraid To Use Your Own Voice

Just because you are being engaged in an intense conversation does not mean you need to be afraid to express your feelings and analyze using your own voice. As a matter of fact you may find yourself surprised. Once you become more comfortable with who you are and your own personality and characteristics, you might find it easier to express yourself in the way you feel most comfortable.

Being critical in conversing does not mean becoming someone else. Rather it means standing up for what you believe and offering opinions based on our own research and experiences. No need to bring in fear!

6. Avoid Nonsense Arguments

If you do not understand something, simply ask what it means. It does not make you incapable just because you do not know how to respond. We cannot know everything after all. But we can learn by just listening.

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Avoid making something up just because you want to have a say in something. Instead ask for an explanation. Asking is also an important aspect of being critical so ask, reason and respond.

7. Be Open To Debate

Be open to the fact that certain critical subjects may open up to a broader debate. Be prepared for this. If you are not interested in dragging out a conversation into a debate, consider your responses and limit the way you criticize something.

Gently let the other person know that you are not interested in really going into a subject so deeply by responding with short yet critical comebacks that indicate you are interested in the subject and listening yet you do not want to spend so much time on it.

8. Utilize Your Natural Reasoning Skills

It is a part of human nature to reason. Reasoning is a powerful element of our minds pushing us to think and respond logically. Through reasoning we form judgments that are based on pure logic and that keep us from saying and reacting in negative ways. Remember to reason within yourself before you jump to conclusions and socialize in a more fulfilling and beneficial way.

9. Be Open To Other Opinions And Interpretation

In any type of conversation, people are going to interpret something and express their opinions regardless of whether you ask them too or not.

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So be open to hearing what others have to say and why they may feel a certain way. If something is offensive to you, let that person know that it is and if they refuse to acknowledge your feelings consider explaining to them why you feel offended. If that still does not work, end the conversation.

Do not let negative expressions get in your way of positively enjoying your day. But remember, that we all have something to say especially when a conversation turns critical. Criticism is after all analyzing merits and faults of something. Therefore be prepared for lots of opinions and interpretations.

10. Be Open To Learning Something New

Just like in most of what we do in life, be prepared and open to learning something new. The best conservations are those in which both parties are actually listening to what each is saying and making use of it. Do not be scared to be critical of conservation as a whole. Use your voice, and use your ears and mind to digest it.

11. Don’t Let It Stress You Out

Most importantly, do not let a critical conversation stress you out. Allow yourself to see it as an opportunity to socialize. Relax and converse using your mind and your abilities. Trust your instinct and think first about what you say. Enjoy the conversation for what it is and ease yourself right into it. Remember to use reason and logic. Do not be too worried about what you say as long as you got your point across.

Keeping a conversation going can be difficult. Keeping up with a critical conversation can be even harder. By being open to opinions and various interpretations, being open to learning something new and not letting it stress you help in creating an atmosphere where emotions are in check.

Those who conquer the art of critical conversations are also those who achieve whatever they put their minds to. These 11 steps in mastering critical conversations can prove to be essential for gaining results in various discussions.

What steps do you take to make critical conversations successful? Tell us below!

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