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:
- Be blunt: “Sorry, I don’t want to talk about someone behind their back. It’s not polite.”
- Change the topic: “Sorry to interrupt but, I’d like to talk about…”
- 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!