This question came to me from a client of mine after a coaching session one afternoon. Sometimes a lack of sales strategies aren't the only factors inhibiting your performance. Whether it's you or a friend who needs this advice, please share:
1. The quickest way is to sit down, face-to-face with this toxic person and politely/respectfully tell them the truth. Give them the reasons why you feel the way that you feel. Let them know you respect the way that they feel, but you have decided to go a different direction with your life. The conversation needs to be very brief and you can’t waffle. Remember, you told them you MADE the decision. That means you’re not considering anymore additional information and persuasion from them.
2. Sadly, the most common thing people do is DRAG on and on in the toxic relationship, and the toxic person wins by dragging them down into their hole. Letting them down softly will be harder later. Stand firm. Move forward.
3. Last resort: drop all forms of communicating with them. At once. Abruptly.
Marvin LeBlanc LUTCF, CNP, is a performance strategist and author of the number one Amazon Kindle best-selling book, Come Hell or High Water: Life Lessons from Hurricane Katrina. Marvin not only brings wisdom and insight gained from his three decades in the insurance and finance industries, but he also empowers others through his unique sharing of lessons and techniques from years of corporate and leadership training and motivational programs. A vibrant entrepreneur who makes the stage his own–and yours, Marvin’s humor-filled stories bring inspiration, heart-warming truths and tangible, strategic takeaways you can bring back to your organization.
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