Rules of handling difficult people
Most important - NEVER LOSE YOUR COOL. You can choose
how to react.
Angry people have a need that isn’t being met.
First deal with the person’s feelings - empathy “I don’t blame you
for being upset”. Listen carefully, maintain eye contact, nodding
your head, ask questions to clarify, and give feedback.
Then deal with their problem. Find out what they want from you.
“I see we have a problem here. What would you like me to do to
help you?” www.derekhendrikz.com
What to do when you can’t meet their needs?? - Offer
alternatives - What can you do that comes closest to the need.
They must choose alternative - put them in the “driver seat”!
Personal finishing touch - “Let me know if you have any
other problems” www.derekhendrikz.com
You may not be able to satisfy people fully, but you can try
to negotiate with them so there’s no winner or loser.
If you made the mistake admit it and apologise…
And then fix it!!