Three Ways to Tactfully Deal with a Gossip

Gossip can ruin relationships, cripple careers and finish friendships.

Here’s three tactful ways to tell the local gossip you’re not interested in listening or talking: 

  1. Be blunt: “Sorry, I don’t want to talk about someone behind their back. It’s not polite.”
  2. Change the topic: “Sorry to interrupt but, I’d like to talk about…”
  3. Defend: “Oh that’s a surprise, I heard they were [positive trait]”.

A gossiper needs a listener and if you won’t listen, they won’t talk!

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