College students should make every effort to develop cooperative relationships in order to effectively participate in class activities and group meetings. An important element for maintaining cooperative relationships is respect of other people’s opinions and viewpoints. Another strategy for developing relationships understands that winning every battle is not crucial. Learn which battles to fight and which ones to concede. Always try to find the win-win in opposing views. Look for common ground and attempt to resolve from that end.
Prevent unnecessary conflict by being attentive to language and tone. Avoid using insensitive language. Be cognizant of using terms and phrases that may be offensive and challenges others to react. Attitude is important. No one likes to feel as if they are being talked down to. Avoid using demeaning terms, sarcasm, and negative humor to get your point across. Instead, remain neutral in your communication, picking words that are about the problem and not the person.