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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.
... 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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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.
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