Sometimes, when talking to someone, you have the feeling you are speaking different languages.
And most likely, you are.
Perhaps you are talking about emotions and values, while they are talking about next week’s plans. Perhaps you want to nail down the details for the next events, while they are questioning if an event should be organized in the first place. Perhaps you are seeking guidance and wisdom, while they are just having a harsh period and all they can give is a condescending nod.
When this happens, the best thing you can do is to stop it right there. Not because you are right and they are wrong, not because you want to make a point, not because you are running late for your next meeting. Simply because it is a dead-end street.
Next time try negotiating the terms of the conversation right at the beginning, or even better when scheduling it.
I am seeking advice here.
I want to get a list of three actions we are going to take to move this forward.
I feel uncomfortable and demotivated, and I would like to have an open chat about my feelings.
I need to know what you are going to know about this.
Agree on a common ground, and things might end up in a better place.