Who's right and does it matter?
Is it EVER ok to talk politics with your clients behind the chair?
The short answer is NO, but sometimes we find ourselves in a sticky spot and need some help navigating through it and ultimately OUT of it! Follow these 3 sure fire ways to help:
Don't 'ask' for it
Don’t set yourself up for a debate by wearing political clothing, decorating your station in bumper stickers or posting ‘funny' memes and articles on your PUBLIC social media accounts. Even after hours with coworkers, keeping your opinions to yourself is a good idea. The chances of you changing someone’s mind over a cocktail in slim to none. As unfair as this sounds you must decide how important your reputation is to you, and giving too much of your thoughts or opinions could cause relationships to breakdown thus spilling over into work life.
How to engage
Sometimes political conversations can feel unavoidable. When this happens keep three things in mind: Be respectful, friendly and lighthearted, again you WON’T be changing anyone’s mind over a 45 min haircut. Saying things like: "I will have to think about that, very interesting point of view." Keep the conversation on the surface, meaning, don't travel so deep that you can't get out!
How to change the CHANNEL.
Get out! Your time's up! Bring your conversation back to hair, education & beauty. Stay firm in changing the conversation. "Let's not get into this" or "I am not comfortable taking our conversation in this direction." are all ways to derail and redirect. Keep in mind, It is your job to foster an environment for all people to feel welcome, safe & accepted.
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