According to YouGov research, one in three people in the UK think it’s likely that they will have a family argument this Christmas. Huthwaite International, experts in negotiation, communication and sales, is providing expert advice to families who may find themselves fighting this festive season.
With reasons such as long-standing family tensions (37%) and rivalry between siblings (22%), being voted as the top causes of arguments at Christmas, Huthwaite can offer some advice when the pressure of Christmas day can result in crossfire across the turkey if disagreements aren’t handled well.
The solution, Huthwaite suggests, is to avoid Argument Dilution at all costs. This can help ensure the argument you put forward across the Christmas dinner table is the strongest and most refined, without any additional waffle that weakens your position. In order for it to be effective, it’s important to get your point across and express your view in the simplest way, by positioning only the strongest points and keeping them to a maximum of two.
Neil Clothier, global negotiation expert at Huthwaite International, explains: “If you find yourself trying to reel off every reason that your argument is correct, it’s easy for your adversary to pick up on one weak point that then makes your whole argument redundant. Your argument becomes diluted – a lose-lose situation.
“Here at Huthwaite, we’ve devised a unique set of principles to avoid Argument Dilution during business negotiations that can be applied to those feared family feuds around the Christmas dinner table.”
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