“Move out of the politics of self-pity, and become a poised voter!” — says leadership adviser Gary Stokes, who has coached presidential appointees of both parties. As the 2012 election activities wind down, Stokes says many voters remain angry, impatient and judgmental with fellow citizens on the other side of the “great political divide between conservatives and liberals.”
Gary and I had a probing and insightful discussion about constructively discussing issues that currently tend to divide us. He believes that the key to worthwhile discussion lies in staying present and keeping your emotions in check. When you’ve accomplished this feat, then you’ll find yourself becoming a true listener and the rest will be easy.
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