1.13 – Dialogue – How to Disagree Politely (Part III)

January 13th, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources.

When we come in contact with different ethnic or religious group to develop a common platform, there are moments that we agree or disagree with their point of views. Disagreeing doesn’t make you a bad person. Being polite in discussions with another person who doesn’t share your perspective takes skill and practice.
1. Be a good listener.
2. Address a specific point with which to disagree rather than the entire position.
3. You can deny someone’s perspective but not the person. Don’t get involved in making personal attacks on someone who disagrees with you.
4. Stay calm. .
The bottom line is to remain respectful and polite, even if the other person fails to do so. Self-control is a universal virtue admired by all.

To View some suggestions HOW TO DISAGREE POLITELY, Click Dialogue – How to disagree Politely