How to Make Someone Listen

How can I help?

If you want someone to listen to you, ask: “How can I help you?” and really mean it.

They might be angry. Screaming at you. They might have gone silent and have no time for you. But if you genuinely ask how you can help and be ready to help, people will stop and listen.

At that moment, you don’t get to preach at them. You don’t get to tell them how they can help themselves. You won’t tell them how they should change. You have one moment. And you should take advantage of it by repeating the question, “how can I help?”

Then help.

And the next time you need them to stop the nonsense, ask the same question again.

“How can I help?” is a question worth listening to.