PPP 284 | How to Have Conversations With Even The Most Difficult People, with author Peter Boghossian

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Impossible Conversations

Globally, we’re at a challenging time with the coronavirus pandemic still growing in most countries. Challenges like this can cause difficult conversations, where people can disagree vehemently on policy decisions at a national level—or on whether or not groceries should be sprayed down at the household level.

In my home country, it’s an election year, which increasingly causes people to lose their minds when talking with people who think differently than them.

But beyond the current events of the day, let’s face it.... If you lead projects and teams, there are difficult stakeholders. There are difficult bosses and clients, and in order for us to successfully move initiatives along, we need to find a way to make sure we have shared understanding and expectations, and we often need to find a way to get the buy-in of people who just aren’t buying in!

I’m excited to introduce you to a remarkable person. Peter Boghossian is co-author of a new book entitled How to Have Impossible Conversations. It’s a book about influence, conversations, and so much more, and I can’t wait to share this discussion with you.

Follow Peter on Twitter at twitter.com/peterboghossian.

Related Episodes

If you would like additional ways to earn free PDUs while improving your influence and conversation skills, check out these episodes:

  • Episode 282 with Jonah Berger about reducing roadblocks to influence
  • Episode 276 with Buster Benson about productive disagreement
  • Episode 268 with Oren Klaff about new approaches to influence
  • Episode 195 with Celeste Headlee about having conversations with anyone
  • Episode 194 with Tim David about how to get to Yes without manipulating
  • Episode 157 with Dr. Robert Cialdini about influence and persuasion
  • Episode 88 with Dan Pink about selling skills (non-salespeople)

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