It’s powerful and one that takes practice, because it goes against my learned methods of communciating.
But every time I have to pull it out of my bag of tricks, I am reminded again of its power.
What is it?
It’s the art of not engaging.
When someone is spinning out of control and tries to drag you into their negative vortex … step quietly to the side, and let their momentum take them elsewhere.
When a harsh words beg for commentary … refrain.
Let the ugliness hang in the air; let the person who dealt them watch their poison fall to the ground. They’re counting on sucking you in. Don’t. Go. There.
Not engaging. Powerful stuff.
Sometimes … the most influential words are those left unspoken.