Often, you end up having to speak with people who are in authority: maybe in the political or government sphere, maybe in the social sphere or maybe in the social sphere. Whichever the case, you need to use certain strategies – or, in other words, there are certain keys to success when speaking to people in authority.
The first key to success when speaking to people in authority is in consistently showing them that you respect them but that you don’t fear them (unless, of course, they are the despots who desire to be shown that they are feared).
The second key to success when speaking to people in authority is in pausing before responding to things they say. This shows respect. It also gives you the chance to think twice about what you are about to say.
The third key to success when speaking to people in authority is in showing them that, for the most part, you agree with them. At this point, it becomes necessary to understand their point of view, even if you don’t agree with it. But then, given the fact that we generally tend to like those who agree with us, and that we’d like the people with authority over us to like us, this becomes a crucial strategy.