How to deal with difficult people in business


(disclaimer: no one in the above image is a difficult person other than myself possibly )

Dealing with difficult people for me is something of a regular, It’s part of what I do. Not everyone is easy to get on with.

Here are some of the things I do to try and get on with as many people as possible


What is a Difficult Person?

There are many different kinds of ‘’difficult’’ people depending on your personality but for me a difficult person is someone who is not willing to listen, loves the sound of their own voice and is never wrong (usually wrong if you ask me).

These are the unteachable. The will tell you how great they are and about all their successes. And then repeat it. They will speak over you and interrupt as what they have to say is much more important than what you have to say.

These people make me want to tell them how wrong they are and prove myself right but these people are not self-aware in the slightest.

They cannot see their faults or bad decisions, so by battling these people all you will do is create an enemy and in business you need the least amount of enemy’s possible.


How do you Deal with these people?

Give in. it’s as simple as that tell them they are great, agree with their ideas. Flattery will get you everywhere with the people

It’s also great to ask them advice, they love this and it will disarm them quickly.

Then all of a sudden instead of an enemy you have a friend, once you have made a friend you can then start to implement your own suggestions and ideas without fear of conflict.

Often they still won’t want any ideas but their own even if they think another is better, so instead of telling them directly your idea make them think they came up with it.

Remember to focus on the end game and not to get caught up in ego. a great business person does not seek glory only results, give the glory to those who crave it and reap the rewards.

Don’t be too proud to take a back seat every now and again.


What if you are a difficult person?


Well the chances are to someone you are a difficult person. I’m sure there are people you annoy and clash with.

Here’s the thing you can minimalize how much of a difficult of a person you are by coming more self-aware. Know your faults and work on them.

If you would like some help becoming more self-aware I have a FREE self-aware business plan, this is exactly what I use. Just Email and you will receive a free copy of my self aware business plan.


”The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.” – Dale Carnegie




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