How To Be Listened To

A great thing to tell yourself when having a conversation with someone is: I don’t need to be right.

Often, our first instinct in a conversation is to prove we’re right. Which comes from our desire to be understood and valued. That’s what starts arguments and games of one-upmanship.

The reality is that if we demonstrate to others that we don’t need to be right, they’re more likely to listen to us and consider our point of view.

The need to be right, puts us and the person we’re talking to into defensive mode. Humility takes us out of it.