yes, and...

Whenever possible, find something you can agree with before making your point. Make it clear that you've been listening. A worst case scenario is agreeing that the issue is important to both of you.

Note that it is very hard for a "yes, and" to be heard as anything besides "yes but." A few extra words can help: “and at the same time” instead of "and" — and make sure you really don't mean "but."

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