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How To Successfully Respond To A Question You Really Don't Want To Answer

Give out some control

Difficult questions tend to be emotional because the asker is usually frustrated or anxious.

So it might be a good idea to give the other person some control over the discussion. For example, use "I understand you’re frustrated. Would it be helpful if I shared some information about that?"

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