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Common Phrases That You Should Drop From Your Lexicon

September 8, 2017

They are fairly common phrases that we say up to several times of the day and let’s be honest, they are usually deflection phrases.  “I sort of agree” or “I just kind of wish you had asked me before making that decision” are the wishy-washy to protect someone else’s feelings or to protect themselves when they say something that’s potentially inaccurate or makes them feel vulnerable. Apparently saying those phrases not only causes confusion to those it is mentioned to but can hurt your reputation. The management consulting web site, Fast Company, says that when you preface a sentence with those "kinda/sorta" words, you’re immediately letting your staff know that they shouldn’t fully trust whatever comes next. Not only does this discredit you as a leader, parent or a confidant, it obscures any feedback or request you were hoping to convey. Rather than give vague answers to not risk hurting the feeling of someone, give strong action verbs, like evaluate, manage and advise.  For example if you are asked if this is a good idea, and it really isn’t.  Instead of saying "Well, sort of" to defuse the potential conflict, say "Let me evaluate it and get back to you."  Both phrases accomplish the same goal but the second leaves you sounding more confident.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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