Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(keep/have) an open mind

keep an open mindhave an open mind
Meaning(s)
1) be welcoming to new ideas/suggestions/concepts
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    • have an open mind about it, be open-minded
  • Analysis
    To use this as a noun, you can say that someone is 'open-minded'. Having an open mind means that you are interested in new ideas and you are happy to have your thoughts and beliefs questioned and challenged. It is almost as if your brain is open to allow more information in. The opposite of this is to be closed-minded or to 'have a closed mind'.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. When you meet people from different cultures, it's important to keep an open mind.
    2. Tom had never tried Indian food, but he had an open mind, so he gave it a shot.
    3. I didn't like what they were saying at first, but I was very open-minded, so I stayed and I learned a lot.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The company was generally very open-minded, so they welcomed new ideas and suggestions.
    2. Completing the creativity training allowed me to keep an open mind in my approaches to my work.
    3. We tried to have an open mind when it came to candidates for recruitment. We were looking for different skills than we already had on the team.
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