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Give it five minutes
I used to be a hothead. Whenever anyone said anything, I'd think of a way to disagree. I'd push back hard if something didn't fit my world-view. It's like I had to be first with an opinion - as if...

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'Give it 5 minutes'

Give someone's ideas some time to set in before you start arguing against them. Five minutes represents “think”, not react. Because usually, the faster you react, the less you think. Not always, but often.

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Asking questions vs. pushing back

  • Pushing back means you already think you know. 
  • Asking questions means you want to know. Ask more questions.

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Dismissing an idea

... is so easy because it doesn’t involve any work. You can ignore it. You can puff some smoke at it. That’s easy. 

The hard thing to do is protect it, think about it, let it marinate, explore it, and try it. The right idea could start out life as the wrong idea.

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Let it Go

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Set Expectations From The Beginning

Whether you’re speaking up in a team meeting or you’re conducting a presentation, it’s important to be clear that you'll need to get all of your ideas out there before opening the floor to questions and contributions. 

This sets the tone right from the get-go that you’re aiming to share your ideas free of interruptions. This also makes it easy to halt an interrupter in his tracks.

Keep Going

Sometimes you can only fight fire with fire.

Refuse to pause for interruptions, and instead continue moving forward with your ideas. If needed, you can even pause for a second to address the interrupter and say, “one moment,” and then finish off your thought.