Put It in Writing
It is too easy not to listen to a business partner's comments, arguments or suggestions when you are fired up and in the heat of the moment. It is also too easy to interrupt another person if you feel as though you have something important to say. However, if you have a written proposal or document, you cannot interrupt. You may also be more likely to read the entire document through.
If two business partners are having a dispute or disagreement, the situation may be helped if each makes their point in writing. If they can each back up their case or suggestions with specific reasons or data, the process of creating the written document may also help to make the issue more clear.
Both parties can read the written proposals by the other party and then they can meet together to discuss what they have learned, or to point out strengths and weaknesses in the other party's proposal. They could also respond in writing if the situation or disagreement is especially contentious, since being forced to write down their opinions may make each partner more conscious of what he says and how he says it.
This sort of open discussion, in which each party is forced to think about what they say and to really consider what the other party says, may help the partners to find a resolution to disagreements or to come up with better ideas than ever before.