Know your agenda


Some people seem to have a knack of taking control of every conversation. Every time you speak to them you end up giving in to their way of seeing the world or giving them what they want even if that makes life harder for you. 

When dealing with people like this it's a good idea to know what you want to achieve beforehand and stick to it. For example, if you want to inform you don't need to discuss. If you want to ask a question you don't necessarily need to make a decision right away. Know your own agenda...