We’ve all encountered people who are quick to say “No” to suggestions or new ideas. Before any apparent consideration occurs, they instantly shoot down most, if not all people, who come to them with their ideas. Here’s what I recommend if you have a person like that in your life.

Ask your question and wait for their response. If it is “No,” ask what their concerns are. They may be having difficulty seeing how this new idea will affect the status quo. Maybe they’re worried that it will add to their existing workload. Perhaps cost is a key consideration.

Once you ask what their concerns are, tell them they don’t have to answer immediately. Let them know you’re okay with them taking time to think about it. Then, make a plan to follow-up and hear what they have to say.

A reminder: don’t begin the exchange by saying that your idea is unorthodox, or may seem like it’s coming out of left field. That kind of set up can affect their willingness to consider your suggestion.