This past Saturday I was interviewed on a radio program by a guy named Fasil Khan of Khan Consulting. The podcast of the event was titled Leadership With Mitch Mitchell, which isn't a bad title if I say so myself. 🙂 He calls his radio program The Law And Order Of Life; that's pretty snappy also.

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During the call he asked me for a few ideas on how to diffuse tense situations with others, whether it's in business or in one's personal life. I responded to that, and later on I created the video below on the subject. As a sidebar, I'm doing a video a day, or I'm going to try to do a video a day, on my YouTube channel, which is linked over there in the right sidebar in case you're interested in listening to some of them.

In any case I answered it in the interview, which was about an hour, then did it in the video, so I'm not going to talk about that particular subject again. Instead, I'm going to talk about why it's important to try to ease situations when they occur.

We live in dangerous times in America. These days, just looking at someone the wrong way could get you killed. You just never know who might have a weapon and what their state of mind might be. Just a few days ago for instance, a guy got mad because a father was trying to teach his daughter how to ride a bike, the guy wanted to teach her a different way, the father told him all was good and the guy got upset, went into his house & came out with a shotgun, telling the guy to get off of his street. Luckily he didn't pull the trigger but can you imagine how scared the daughter was, let alone the guy?

So we have to consider ourselves lucky when something breaks out into an argument because at least that gives someone the opportunity to try to calm things down. Once a weapon has been produced, it's pretty much over for the most part. Scary, but true.

It behooves all of us to try to stay as calm as we can and to work hard to not let things get out of control. In person, I'm a pretty calm guy because I know what I was like when I was much younger, before everyone was carrying guns, and I also know that some folks will fly off the handle at a moment's notice. If all I had to worry about was getting into a physical fight, at my size even at my age I'd at least have a chance. But I refuse to carry a weapon so if one was produced... I don't even want to think about it.

That's why it's important to at least give peace a shot. In the video I only address that issue and ways to calm things down. Give it a view and let me know your thoughts. And if you decide to take time to listen to the interview, I hope you enjoy that also.


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