"That's an interesting point, can you tell me more?"
These exact words are more scarce than they should be. I think the last conversation of this sort was regarding abandoning the use of an old software. The software was quick and provided good graphics. However it is buggy and limited in its design capacity. We determined that we would likely be better off creating our own templates and scripts. People want to hear from experience, in this case, I have been using the software for over 15 years... so my opinion is valued.Know when your opinion is valued and wanted. Unsolicited advice is not always well received. But, you cannot expect others to dig deeper either. I believe there is no harm in the unfiltered exchange of ideas, it can only spur further thought, whether it is focused or tangential. "Tell me more" opens communication, whereas, "too much information" will stifle it. "Tell me more" is best suited for verbal communication and can fall flat in email. In a formal report it can become a liability.
"That's an interesting point, can you tell me more?"As an FYI, to date when I have verbally asked other professionals, in practice and education, their firstspontaneous response is a chuckle/laugh.My purpose for this question within this ASCE chat space is to identify still one more reason whyconflicts grow within engineering project work, and profits dip below the goal.Cheers,Bill