Strong Personalities Need Feedback Too

As I caught up with my friend today on Gchat, she voiced her frustration with a colleague who talked a lot and always had a lot of opinions. It annoyed her because she couldn't get a word in and because he always dominated the conversation.

I asked her if she felt comfortable giving him feedback on his behavior and she thought she might if she saw the behavior again (this, unfortunately, was probably inevitable).

That spurred this post.

I have a lot of experience working with strong personalities. When I say strong - I mean people who talk a lot, dominate conversations, and maybe don't have the awareness to recognize when others are annoyed, hurt, or bored.

It's really hard to give strong personalities feedback because they make you feel crappy.