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Five Tips On Dealing With Negative People

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

You know who I’m talking about. That guy who grumbles in line behind you. That woman who complains about every aspect of her day and doesn’t care to know what’s going on in your’s. That boss who only has a meeting if there is bad news or that coworker who acts like he’s the most stressed out person alive. There are days in all our lives where it is easy to be negative. There are also people in our lives who are always negative. These people choose to be in a bad mood on a daily basis and they can’t seem to get out of this mindset.

When you can’t get away from a negative person in your life, you have to figure out the best way to deal with them. Here are a five tips.

1.) Practice Empathy

When those people we know are on one of their rants or they won’t stop seeing things in a negative light, realize that you don’t know what else they might be going through and you don’t know what struggles they’re dealing with. Once we remember that our perception is not the complete story, we might be a bit easier on those negative people.

2.) Learn to Laugh it Off

Yeah, so in so may be getting on your nerves, but it could very well be your issue as much as it is his. So instead of dwelling on that person who is irritating you, it’s better to see the entire situation as comical rather than controversial.

3.) Listen

Along these same lines, perhaps Negative Nancy needs someone to vent to for a second. I’m not suggesting you waste a lot of time, but giving said person a few moments as a friend may go a long way in the grand scheme of things.

4.) Be a  positive influence  

In life, the only factor you have any sort of control over, is the way that you react. Therefore, all you can really do to help is be a positive light. So smile, listen, be empathetic and then try to put a positive spin on it. Maybe it will help, maybe it won’t, but showing others how to think positively is the best way to help them change. Lead by example, not by explanation.

5.) Block Them Out

In the end, the negativity of people might be too much to deal with for a long stretch of time, and if their attitudes are getting to you, then get away from their attitudes. Close your door, put in some headphones or simply tell them that you have work to focus on, and would they be so kind as to talk to you in a bit. Yes, patience is important, but in the end, you have to do what is right for you. 

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A Keynote Speaker Offers Advice on How to Carry Yourself in the Workplace

The way you behave and relate to others in the workplace will greatly impact your career.

Many young and upcoming graduates are becoming more intelligent and know more than those before them know. This means that there is a risk of being pompous as a new grad in an organization and these habits might get you stuck in the same position for years.

Never Segregate Yourself

What most young people do these days is mix and mingle with those that are of their age group and stick to them and ignore the older ones. It helps to know the older ones and learn from them. Your friends know nothing about your career and are almost as confused as you are. The older generation will help you tap into that level of know-how that you need in order to achieve more in your career.

Avoid Cliques

The fact about any workplace is that like any other environment where humans interact, it is bound to have a battle of some sort; battle for power, or greed, and jealousy and so on. As a young person in the organization, avoid joining cliques that gossip, or forming alliances in the workplace and fighting battles that are not yours. You must be able to maintain professional boundaries in the workplace. Gossip is like chaff, it will be blown away by the wind and at the end of the day, you will have nothing but a damaged carer with not much of a future.

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Don’t Just Hear, Listen: It Can Benefit You

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

Use your ears, and actually listen. You may learn something

Use your ears, and actually listen.
You may learn something

You will never learn anything new, if you don’t first learn how to listen. So often, when people are having a conversation, they forget to listen. It’s a bad habit to get into, when you are only crafting a response in your head while someone else talks.

Interrupting mid-sentence is an obviously rude behavior, but even if you let other people finish what they’re saying, you’re still being disrespectful if you aren’t really listening. And you may be missing out on something that could be of benefit to you.

Even if a conversation seems mundane, it may matter a lot to the other party involved, or you may still gain some valuable information. For many people, it is through talking to others that they meet their future spouse or find a career lead. A simple conversation can also lead to you finding that you don’t know someone quite as well as you thought, or you may realize something important about yourself.

Life isn’t that fulfilling without other people in it. And if you won’t do others the courtesy of listening to what they have to say, you’re actually cheating yourself in the end. So don’t just hear what you want and respond. Make the effort to really listen when someone is talking to you.

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