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Fun Ways To Deal With Difficult People


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Need to take control of a sales pitch, meeting, focus group or training session but can't call people out on their bad behaviour? Here are five fun strategies that sort out the texting, nodding off, chatting or endless questions without the stress!

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Fun Ways To Deal With Difficult People

  1. Fun ways to deal with difficult people for meetings, presentations, focus groups and courses
  2. If you are running an event like a meeting, presentation, sales pitch, focus group, or course
  3. You may have to deal with some funky behaviour like people coming in late, texting on their phone, or falling asleep
  4. But what can you do if you can’t tell them off
  5. Like when the person misbehaving is senior to you
  6. A prospect
  7. Or a paying customer
  8. You need to take control without losing your cool!
  9. First
  10. Take a deep breath and remind yourself
  11. That the bad behaviour is probably not about you
  12. “My son is ill at home”
  13. “I have no reason to be here”
  14. “I got no sleep last night and it is hot in this room”
  15. Then
  16. Use these 5 fun strategies
  17. #1 easy way to deal with lateness
  18. Because you can’t do this: “we are going to have a chat about timekeeping!”
  19. Close the door and start on time! Don’t reward what you don’t want by waiting
  20. And because no-one likes to do this (walk into a session that has already started)
  21. He won’t be late again and neither will the rest of us
  22. Sorry guys!
  23. You didn’t delay your session, inconvenience the people who were on time, get stressed or annoyed and you got an apology… all without saying a word
  24. #2 easy way to deal with discontent
  25. If the group is just generally unhappy, don’t ignore it, deal with it head on
  26. If the session is optional If the session is optional
  27. Start by stating the purpose of the event and who would benefit from it, then let or make, the people who feel they would not benefit leave
  28. If the session is mandatory
  29. Talk about how people feel about the event first
  30. If it threatens to carry on too long or become too destructive start questions with ‘considering’
  31. Like this
  32. Considering we ARE moving to Alaska, what would you like to get out of the session today?
  33. Repeat until everyone is happy to get on with the session despite their reservations
  34. #3 easy way to deal with 20 questions
  35. Sometimes you might need to reign people in when they get off-track
  36. If they are irrelevant questions say: ‘let’s talk about that afterwards since it’s not a group issue’
  37. If the questions are relevant (but there are just too many)
  38. Say: ‘Let’s get back to our session since we are running out of time’
  39. Use the strategies for dealing with dominant types
  40. If one or two people dominate the meeting and no-one else can get a word in
  41. “My experience is blah blah blah”
  42. Subtly discourage them using your position in the room
  43. Without turning your back on them move to a position where you will not have eye contact
  44. Sitting on their desk is also a great way to include them with your proximity but give the floor to the rest of the class
  45. Try mentioning something they said earlier. No-one is humiliated and the near miss really makes people perk up
  46. While you are talking very slowly walk towards them. Make sure you don’t just look directly at them, that would be a bit creepy
  47. This also works really well if someone is nodding off
  48. It works like magic
  49. Ta da, you now own the room. Want to see more fun stuff?
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