1. Ask permission to share another point of view: Example: “I’d like to share a thought that runs slightly counter to that idea.” A savvy boss will welcome another perspective, especially one that’s presented professionally.
2. Replace “Yes, but …” with “Yes, and …” That way, you’re setting up the conversation as an exchange of ideas, rather than a disagreement.
3. Conclude the conversation on a positive note. Your ideas will make a stronger impression if you end with a powerful, upbeat closing statement. Example: “This all sounds promising. Thanks for taking the time to discuss it.”