You just received a long-awaited promotion. Excited about the news, you begin to share with a group of friends.
As you’re basking in the moment, sharing all of the perks and new opportunities, you are interrupted by “Debbie Downer.” She quickly begins sharing how she has heard the position is not all it’s cracked up to be, how you may end up working long hours… And she continues, even right down to how they don’t have the same quality of paper in that department.
Pretty soon your excitement has exited stage left and you want that moment back.
So what are some ways you can effectively deal with critical or negative people?