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A Clash of Agendas

Why do some people end up labeled as difficult participants? Say that a participant challenges your expertise in front of the class because of his or her personal agenda of wanting to be acknowledged for his or her expertise. This behavior is not directed at you, and it’s not about you—but it feels like it is!

It’s very easy for you to react personally, and a personal agenda arises on your part, which might be to prove your own expertise and avoid damaging (or possibly even enhancing) your own credibility in front of the class. So, a behavior arises out of your own personal agenda, and you get into a debate with the participant. Who wins? No one!


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