PODCAST: Dialogue Tip: Tell Them That They Can’t Offend You

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Millennials are terrified of offending people.

They are surrounded by a world of trigger warnings and microaggressions. They worry that they’ll be shouted down if they say something that could be perceived as racist, sexist, homophobic, or somehow bigoted. They also really don’t want to be any of those things. Fair or not, many have gotten an impression of pro-life activists that we are ready to yell at them or hit them with a Bible if they set us off.

Put all of those things together, and you have a recipe for dialogue roadblocks. I hate dialogue roadblocks. This post is about how to improve your dialogues with people who are worried about offending you.

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COURSE PODCAST CLIP: Episode 15 – To What Extent Should the Pro-Life Movement Focus on Abortion?

Every other Wednesday we publish a new episode of the Equipped for Life Podcast, available to everyone who purchases our course, “Equipped for Life: A Fresh Approach to Conversations about Abortion.” Generally, these podcast episodes won’t be available to the general public, but we plan on releasing short clips from the episodes every Thursday, to give you a sense of what these podcasts are like.

In episode fifteen of the Equipped for Life Course Podcast, Missy Stone of Students for Life of America joins Tim and I to discuss the consistent life movement, the pro-life label, and to what extent the pro-life movement should focus on abortion.

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In these clips from the full episode, you’ll hear Tim, Missy, and I discuss whether student groups should focus on abortion.

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Building Rapport with a Benevolent Dictator

Employ this dialogue tactic to build rapport with a pro-choice person and increase the likelihood that your conversation about abortion will be successful.

Many conversations about abortion succeed or fail because of your rapport, or lack thereof, with the pro-choice person. Even a perfectly articulated pro-life argument will just glance off of a combative pro-choice mind, so people who are skilled at dialogue use wisdom to build rapport and make the tone of the conversation friendly.

This post is about something that I regularly do to build rapport. It may sound implausible that something so simple works so unbelievably well, but I’ve done this dozens of times, and it usually makes a huge difference in my conversations.

Building Rapport with a Benevolent Dictator

Instead of simply asking, “Do you think this or that should be legal?” I’ll say something like:

Let’s transport ourselves to an alternate dimension. We no longer live in the United States of America, we now live in the Benevolent Dictatorship of Joe [insert their first name here]. Joe makes all the rules. Doesn’t that sound nice?

COURSE PODCAST CLIP: Episode 14 – Questions About Confirmation Bias

Every other Wednesday we publish a new episode of the Equipped for Life Podcast, available to everyone who purchases our course, “Equipped for Life: A Fresh Approach to Conversations about Abortion.” Generally, these podcast episodes won’t be available to the general public, but we plan on releasing short clips from the episodes every Thursday, to give you a sense of what these podcasts are like.

In episode fourteen of the Equipped for Life Course Podcast, Tim and I discuss the challenging subject of confirmation bias.

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In this clip from the full episode, you’ll hear a discussion between Tim and me on how we perceive music in film, which then becomes an insightful way to think about confirmation bias. The full episode is available in this podcast feed as well.

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