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Challenging someone's ideas

In this video, Vanya tells Paul and Emir about her latest idea. Listen to the language they use for challenging someone's ideas and practise saying the useful phrases.

Do the preparation exercise first. Then watch the video and do the exercises to check your understanding and practise the language.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I have tried to come up with some new ideas in my job.
Sometimes, the team agrees with me but in other times, they say that it is a bad idea(not a good idea) and that it won't work.

Some of them like my idea when I first talk then one don't agree with my point and all are suddenly change to the same side. What's happening this?
How would you react that situation?

I have tried unusual things at work. Sometimes I like to do new things and new forms for to do better my work.

I have always many new ideas, however, every time whenever you try to present your ideas, you would see there is someone who is against those ideas. Those people even don't try to explain the reason for his/her objection. this means that those people just don't agree with you as they got used to doing it, and are mentally not fit.

Challenging some ones idea sometimes is too hard, you need to go deeper and understand how is he think, maybe by asking too much questions, and you need to have some communication skills also.
Still, it's a hard mission!

New ideas usually it will reject in the first moment from the receiver, But to convince them you need to have personal skills in the persuasion.
To accepting your ideas from others you should aware of all details to answer all queries and to explain the positive impact from it.

It hard to use unusual ideas when you are working in the construction)) Most of my work connected with engineering and building so I have always to trace the building norms so I haven't many opportunities to use my imagination and creativity. Of course, there are always some challenging tasks where you need to think irregularly and have a risk but it isn't a common situation.

Brainstorm is one of good things for co-workers at office becuse help them find new ideas and solutions. Sometimes we did like these guys and discussed about ideas.

yes, I've tried to implement new ideas that didn't work out at the moment but were considered enthusiastically later on

Yes I have. I tried introducing some ideas via proposals and they are being considered