The Art of Disagreeing Online
1. Stay Clam: Take a deep breath and give yourself a moment before you respond. Manage the emotions as the conversation proceeds.
2. Never Get Personal: Instead of saying “You have a stupid idea” try focusing on presenting a reason why you tend to disagree. Do not commit yourself by saying, “I don’t agree”. Present an alternative idea with solid proof that you are right.
3. Use “I” Statements: Focus on yourself - instead of saying “You are not right”, it’s safer to say, “Maybe I am wrong, I thought it was so and so. . . .”
4. Understand Others Point of View: Be respectful and try to understand another person's perspective. Give them a chance to explain themselves when you both disagree on something.
5. Do not take ownership: When presenting a news item or a religious thought, provide a reliable reference instead of taking its ownership. It is safer that way.
6. Write Carefully: Take your time when writing your blog, review it at least twice before posting. Right words, grammar and correct spelling go a long way to establish your credibility and respect.