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Tired of dumb ideas?

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Tired of dumb ideas? That’s no reason to roll your eyes or contradict someone who makes a well-meaning suggestion. The best response: Maintain a look of neutrality and ask, “Can you repeat that?” In restating the idea, the speaker might offer a valuable nugget that you can work with. If not, say, “It makes sense to...” and then reinforce the goal you both share.

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