VT306 Large Animal Medicine and Management
Poster Presentation Guidelines
Rules for Constructive Controversy
1. Focus on coming to the best decision possible, not on winning.
2. Be critical of ideas, not people. Challenge and refute the ideas of the opposing group, but do not reject the students personally.
3. Separate your personal worth from criticism of your ideas.
4. Listen to everyone’s ideas, even if you do not agree with them.
5. Be able to differentiate the differences between positions before attempting to integrate ideas.
6. Be able to take the opposing perspective in order to understand the opposing position. Try to understand both sides of the issue.
7. Change your mind when evidence clearly indicates that you should.
8. Paraphrase what someone has said if it is not clear.
9. Emphasize rationality in seeking the best possible answer, given the available data.
10. Follow the golden rule of conflict: act towards your opponents as you would have them act toward you. If you want people to listen to you, then listen to them. If you want others to include your ideas in their thinking, then include their ideas in your thinking. If you want others to take your perspective, take their perspective.