Today's tip is a follow-up to Kevin's question yesterday about seating in meetings.
The most confrontational place to sit is across a table or desk. This direct eye contact with a physical barrier is perfect for arguing.
The least confrontational place to be seated is beside the other person. It is difficult to argue with someone encroaching on your personal space and with whom you can't easily get eye contact.
We tend to sit next to our friend and as far away as possible from those we disagree with. This is the opposite from what the research suggests we should do.
The next time you enter a meeting room, sit next to the individual you tend to argue with and across from your ally. While this will be uncomfortable for you, it is also uncomfortable for your troublemaker.
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