How to give a quick-witted answer to a verbal attack
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Quick-witted people always know how to respond if they are attacked verbally. Responding quickly and with that little bit of extra wit are skills you can learn. Here’s how.
- improve your vocabulary by reading a lot
- boost your self-confidence by joining in controversial discussions
- act out verbal attacks with colleagues or friends
Three techniques if you can’t think of a good response:
1 If you can’t think of a suitable response, just say “Is that so?”
2 Keep your head up high, let the attack go in one ear and out the other.
3 Look the person in the eye and say “I’m sorry, I didn’t quite catch that.” The attack will be much weaker the second time around.
Here are some good responses:
|Your desk looks like a battlefield!
|Yes, isn’t it interesting? I love creative chaos.
|That’s a really stupid suggestion!
|It’s probably just beyond the scope of your imagination.
|You look terrible. Perhaps you should book a weekend at a health farm.
|Don’t worry. I’ll look fine once you’ve left the room.