In my opinion

It’s my opinion that you can practice “opinioning” only if you know how and not only ‘cause you felt you could do it. It’s like providing an opinion about how some should play football, but you never played.

The same happens at work when you have an opinion about something you don’t actually have a clue about, but you assume you know it better than the interlocutor.

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It’s a free country obviously, but this doesn’t mean that your opinion is an argument every time or should be considered if you are way off subject, just ‘cause you interfered.

In order to have an opinion, consider the following:

A desire to help;

Some field expertise;

Testing in advance whatever it is you want others to do;

Don’t demolish before building;

Unless requested, it’s still spam (unsolicited opinion);

Don’t push it, if the result is negative, don’t turn around and say “Come on, it was a joke!”;

Don’t use a negative approach;

Don’t raise your voice even if you feel you “have” to do it;

Ask some difficult questions but in a respectful manner;

Respect other participants;

Admit that it’s perfectly legal for others to share a different opinion;

Ask when in doubt, maybe you didn’t get it on the first try and it’s not recommended to presume;

Abstain from talking if it’s not your area of expertise;

Use the questioning technique: “how about trying this… ?” instead of “we must do this!”;

Don’t attack the person, don’t confound them with ideas;

Try to see the other person’s perspective without judging them;

Pay attention to their reactions and avoid generating conflicts;

Don’t offer your opinion just to get some attention.

Last but not least, providing an opinion no matter the context, makes you look like you actively participating to a tabloid show starring the role of hair dye-motor oil — football and politics expert.

Good luck succeeding!