Listening is an opportunity to be open to the ideas the other person has and to hear them.
But it can be challenging when your idea is at stake or when it’s important for you that the other person agrees with you.
In a recent blog post, Chip Conley shared the idea to “argue as if you are right and listen as if you are wrong.”
Try it. There is no better way to trust yourself.
It might be daunting, but on the other hand, it might allow you to see where the idea you have shared might have been misunderstood by the other. And maybe, you’ll learn more about your idea simply by hearing the other person’s contributions to it. And if there is something that’s wrong with your idea, you better learn about it as quickly as possible.
It only requires to see a conversation as a two-way street.