Relationship Tip Of The Week

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Relationship Tip Of The Week

How do you stick up for yourself while without alienating the other person? Easy! Tone is everything. Practice saying what you want to get across in the same tone you would use giving directions to a stranger–in other words, level, mature, informational–no emotion-packed words. “I’m upset that you told the Johnson’s our vacation plans when we agreed not to say anything to them.” Then wait for a response. If it’s defensive, stay calm. “It was our understanding, right?”  Sometimes the hardest part is knowing how to start–if you start right and stay calm, the positive energy will calm the other person–or at least, it will keep you calm!

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