Every independent contractor knows how a simple conversation with a colleague, client or even recruiter can go from good to bad in a matter of seconds. Your first instinct is to become defensive and argue your point. Unfortunately this may not be the best tactic.
Business Insider put together a list of ways to get your point across without the debate getting out of hand. This includes not trying to be the winner of the argument and to respect the other person's point of view - even if you don't agree!