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Method

Cast yourself as the expert. Whatever you are given, you know that it just won't work. Trust me, I'm a doctor. That will definitely not work. If they fight back, say it won't work in your environment. It may be ok for them, but it won't work for you.

Example

Rubbish! The phase inverter would disengage the moment the sprocket flange becomes graduated.

Good idea. But my kids would destroy it in minutes flat.

That may be ok for the young folks, but high-tech doesn't fly in out household.

Discussion

Saying something won't work is casting yourself as an expert. If you are an expert, then you will be able to defend your position. If not, then you may be able to bluster your way through.

A useful way of becoming unchallengeable in your expertise is to frame the things being challenged within a context where you are expert, such as your home or your profession.

See also

Tried it, Authority principle

 

 

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