Friday, October 17, 2008

McCain And Obama Can Get You Fired

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Barack Obama and John McCain are taboo subjects no one should ever discuss – at least at work.

So says Barbara Pachter, business etiquette expert and author of The Power of Positive Confrontation (Marlowe & Co.).

Pachter says politics is a “dangerous” topic to discuss in the workplace because it can “quickly escalate to a heated argument,” which could get you fired.

To avoid discussing the presidential election and other political business, Pachter urges that you never bring up the subject.

If someone else does, you should politely excuse yourself from the conversation by saying you have a meeting or work to do.

You can also avoid tough political talk by changing the topic to friendlier chat, like sports or work, or respond with a little humor.

She explains, “Say something funny like, ‘Don’t go there,’ or ‘I never discuss that with my clothes on.’ Make sure you do it with a smile on your face and a twinkle in your eye or else you’ll come off rude.”

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