Everyone needs and deserves respect, whether you agree or disagree with their point of view. But as the axiom states, “You give respect, and you take respect.” Respect is a mutual phenomenon, which means there should be mutual respect to be successful and happier.
Colleagues, spouses, friends, business acquaintances, and almost every person in your life appreciate virtues like respect and gratitude. In fact, the relationships and bonds with a chronicle of mutual respect are far more smiling, sparkling, and successful.
Respect holds prominence not only while listening to others but also while stating your own point. Hence, in this article, I will familiarize you with being respectful while asserting your point.
Before learning ways of showing respect to others, let’s look at the definition of respect.
According to the Oxford dictionary,
Respect is “polite behavior toward or care for someone or something that you think is important.”
In simpler words, respect is a virtue that ables you to show care, kind, and friendly behavior towards the other person. Furthermore, it means that you listen and value what the other person has to say; acknowledgment and acceptance are secondary.
Now, we have known enough about respect. And why it is essential for the success and fruition of any bond or relationship. It’s time to learn how you can show respect to others. Honestly, it’s no rocket science. With little effort, you can learn to be respectful.
Here are a few Do’s and Don’t to bear in mind:
- DO LISTEN TO OTHERS’ VIEWPOINTS.
The first and foremost respect rule is actively listening to what other person has to say. Listening and getting their point is the manifestation of basic etiquette.
Who would want to listen to you if you don’t listen to them, would anyone? No one! That’s because they would construe you as being disrespectful for not paying heed to their viewpoint.
As a result, always be all ears to others’ opinions. Plus, you never know when they could throw an insight, which is pertinent to your viewpoint.
- DO TRY TO RELATE TO OTHERS’ OPINIONS.
The next thing for consideration is to try to relate to what the other person has already said, even if you have a contradictory or contrasting opinion. For example, you can begin with phrases like “I can see where you are coming from but…”, then you can add your viewpoint.
Give them an indication that you have understood their viewpoint. But you have an ingredient to add to the story, or you have a different way of cooking the story.
- DO CONVEY YOUR POINT IN A PEACEFUL MANNER.
There is no point trying to convey a message when you are in a violent or angry state of mind. Under such circumstances, your mind is not in a state of comprehension. When you can’t comprehend, you can’t communicate well.
Therefore, communicate and state your point only when you are in a well-disposed peaceful state-of-the-mind. Consequently, you will be in a better position to get your point heard and stay respectful at the same time.
- DO LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE.
If you try to hurl your point- with only how it benefits you, you may not get the desired response. Instead, try to fit your viewpoint into the bigger picture.
Look at the team or organization as a whole and drape your viewpoint in a manner that shows how it fits the best interest of everyone. When you show others how your opinion helps them, they feel more respected and eager to listen to you.
- DON’T FIGHT
Getting irked or angry, losing your mind, and raising your voice are the signs that point towards the fight. For when you enter a slugfest, the focus shifts from the viewpoint to winning.
When you are angry and irrational, nobody will listen to you. It will end up in a heated argument with no positive results. Hence, try to evade fights while stating your point. It mystifies the sanity and sanctity of your opinion.
- DON’T TAKE THINGS PERSONALLY.
Tagging any viewpoint as “right or wrong” can be harsh words to define points that fall under the category of work or may not work. Hence, consider this thing as and when you begin to take things personally or judge any points.
Indeed, any person who has a different viewpoint than yours cannot be considered wrong. Each person has a distinct opinion, so respect that before you expect them to respect yours.
- DON’T TELL ANOTHER PERSON THAT THEY ARE WRONG.
Stretching over the last point, you must not tell any person that they are wrong. Instead, try to fill in the gap and accomplish their viewpoint with the correct one. That would raise your esteem in their eyes, and hence, they would respect you more.
- DON’T BEAT AROUND THE BUSH.
Beating around the bush will lead you or your counterparts nowhere. Try to be crisp and concise in stating your viewpoint until and unless it requires elucidation.
If they ask you for clarification or explanation, shed more light and dig into your viewpoint’s details. Also, remember that a person’s concentration time span is ephemeral. Therefore it is best to state the point when a person is listening with full attention.
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