7 January 2012 - QA 7

In my work environment, I meet different kinds of people, and I may not like talking to some of them. How do I be diplomatic in my approach?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

This is a very tricky question.
Sometimes if you are not direct, and if you don't tell them on their face, they think that you are giving them some other indications in a subtle way, or are confirming what they have in their own mind.

At the same time, you need not be rude when you need to express your opinions, or ideas, which you want to put forth. So, it is really about striking a balance.

There is no definite formula. You have to play by the ear.
How to be diplomatic - this cannot be taught now and applied later. It has to come out of you spontaneously at that moment.