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  • So weve covered how NOT to talk to non-vegans.

  • You know meat contains poop!

  • You know milk contains pus!

  • [cricket sounds]

  • Not myproudest moments. But today were going to talk about how TO talk to non-vegans.

  • I promise I won’t hit this time.

  • Hi it’s Emily from Bite Size Vegan and welcome to another vegan nugget. I’m asked all the

  • time about how to effectively talk to non-vegans, or even puredietaryvegans to help them

  • make the connection or a deeper connection.

  • I’d argue that perhaps the most difficult aspect of going vegan is the question of how

  • to relate to friends, family, and other people who are non-vegan. As brand new vegans, your

  • eyes are wide open to all of these realities you’d never before considered and you can’t

  • quite understand why everyone isn’t having the same earth-shattering revelation. So communication,

  • especially grounded communication, can become difficult, and what often comes out is either

  • unbridled overzealousness, militant anger, incomprehensible sadness and crying fits,

  • or some other often bizarre attempt at expressing astounding new realities youve awakened to.

  • While I do have some videos that touch on this matter and the social and familial challenges

  • of veganism, which will be linked up there and below, I haven’t yet made a direct video

  • response. Well it just so happens that in the Q&A session for a speech I gave recently,

  • these very questions were once again posed.

  • I kept these answers out of the official Q&A video for that speech as these are more geared

  • towards those of you who are already vegan and are now trying to navigate the difficult

  • landscape of talking about veganism with others. So I thought I’d share with you my on-the-spot

  • answers from that session, and I so hope that they are helpful.

  • Yeah. Smackem in the face. Nothat's what I want to do sometimes. I have a video

  • where do I run around and I punch people. I'm sorry, also just so you know I do this

  • twenty four seven though sometimes I sound like that I have this video you know I live

  • on this computer so that always it always comes out my mouth and I apologize

  • but so with non vegans again it's going it's going to depend so much on the person and

  • where they're at in if you're walking down the street you see someone eating a hamburger

  • it's not going to be the time to be likehey you know…” but if you're talking to family,

  • friends, loved ones or even at work what I always tell people, people email me all the

  • time and say like you know how do I become an activist? How do we start talking about

  • this and I think a lot of us think that we have to do things like that we could have

  • we have to like do a presentation you need to go you know talk to everyone and you do

  • these huge things we really there are always these opportunities in daily life. These tiny

  • opportunities that we can take and I think some of the most powerful activism happens

  • one on one with just even the smallest of exchanges you know it can be I can be something

  • as simple as like if you have a friend who is really into rescuing dogs and cats you

  • know maybe there there's someone who is into that they volunteer at the shelter or anything

  • and you can share maybe a story you heard about like you know at a farm sanctuary where

  • sometimes pigs will jump off slaughterhouse trucks and in the end you know they're found

  • and people take them in and so it can even be likeyou know, I know that you're really

  • in the animal rescue I heard about this you know pig that got rescued you know here's

  • this cute You Tube video of them even these really like subtle ways of kind of introducing

  • the fact that you know what's the difference between this animal and this animal. In general

  • because I can't speak to every situation and every person I find the most effective manner

  • is meeting people where they are at, finding that common ground like finding what their

  • interests are and where there is an entry point because for each person that's going

  • to be different like maybe there are super health nut and they're really wanting to like

  • cleanse or something you can kind of start bringing in some information about you know

  • what animal products do to your body. If they are a really huge environmentalist and they

  • recycle. And they bike everywhere you know you can drop some of the facts that are just

  • astounding you know because that that can really hit someone but I think in general

  • it's kind of meeting them where they are at and trying to make it as approachable as possible

  • and as non-confrontational as possible now there's a balance there between like I try

  • to be really approachable with my activism but I will never compromise on the actual

  • facts and on their actual morals I'll never say oh it's OK to do X. Y. or Z. because you're

  • trying your best and there's a there's a way to walk that line and it's difficult at first

  • but kind of doing that of like being approachable honoring where they're at while not excusing

  • away behavior but we have to kind of try to meet people where they're at in and lead them

  • rather than expect them to be where we are because once you go vegan and you do realize

  • all these things it's almost unfathomable that other people don't see it you know. And

  • I think it's very much like when we're children and the older we get the more we kind of forget

  • what it was like to be a kid and then we even get awkward around children which is strange

  • because we were children you know like why are we like what we don't know how to talk

  • to kids even though we were kids and it's the same kind of thing when you go vegan you

  • become so distant from when you weren't vegan that it's like how do I even talk to these

  • people you know I think a lot of the two is trying to remember where you were at and remember

  • that like I said you're going to get people who are just aggressive and rude and not open

  • but a lot of people just don't know any better and I think it's also important to be mindful

  • of the fact that, I get asked the same questions millions of times likewhere do I get my

  • protein?” things like that and it's really easy for me to beOh my God!” but I try

  • to think of the fact is this might be the two hundred millionth time I've heard this

  • question this might be the first time this person is finally asking this you know and

  • it may be coming from a very genuine place like they really want to know and maybe they've

  • never asked before and they are finally deciding to look into this and I don't want to be the

  • person that’s just flippant and brushes them off you know so I just try to always

  • give people the benefit of the doubt.

  • I hope this video was helpful. I’d love to hear what you thought of my approach and

  • what approach you use. What seems effective to you? If youre non-vegan, have you experienced

  • conversations and communication methods that were effective vs. not with vegans? Let me

  • know in the comments!

  • If you enjoyed this video, please give it a thumbs up and share it around to help open

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  • the sidebar. Now go live vegan, start the conversation, and I’ll see you soon.

  • Okay that one I’m kind of proud of.

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