Say It Again, but Louder

Two men in a discussion at a table.

If you’re misunderstood, if someone is not clear on what you’re talking about, one of the things you can do is repeat exactly the same statement a bit louder. Or, replace a few words with the exact synonyms.

Alternatively, you can take a step back and do the difficult work of clarifying your thoughts and solidifying your own thinking. Once your idea is clear enough to be explained in the simplest possible way, share it in detail, with attention and care, patiently.

The first option will solidify your position as a superior, make others feel like idiots, and probably put you into an argument. And the second one can actually change someone’s mind or teach them something new, valuable.

As always, it’s entirely your choice.