If you’re having trouble talking with a group of people, it’s probably best to change yourself to affect the communication. What occurs in interpersonal relationships is ultimately your responsibility. Communication is the most important factor in forming great, long-term friendships and partnerships. You’ll be well on your way to fantastic relationships and tremendous influence if you can change your view of what’s going on around you. It will, however, go much further if you communicate authentically rather than stating what you believe people want to hear. It’s a good idea to start by focusing on what already works and building on that.