Phrases Good Communicators Don't Use

Communication Skills

Phrases Good Communicators Avoidcommunication skills training

Such As: I Don't Disagree With That

Directness counts, especially when we're trying to communicate effectively.

We should avoid using weasel phrases such as, "I don't disagree."

I was having lunch on the patio of a casual restaurant, and between bites of my crisp salad, I overheard a man in a business suit say to his lunch mate:

I don’t disagree with that.

I’ve heard this phrase before, first and foremost from a lawyer, and I’ve always found it irksome, along with other weasel words and phrases.

What does I don’t disagree with that say?

Actually, it says nothing, at least directly.

If you don’t disagree, does it mean you agree?

Are you open to agreeing?

And what does this phrase replace, except a perfectly serviceable grunt such as uh-huh?

Are those who don’t disagree so concerned that they’ll go on the record for assenting to something that could haunt them later if they just let what they heard pass without comment?

Do they feel obligated to judge each and everything that comes along?

After law school, I had to make a real effort to STOP sounding like a lawyer in the interest of getting along with my consulting clients, who by the way, were seeking me out for my communication abilities.

Like a reformed anything, perhaps I’m acutely antagonistic about symptoms of that from which I feel I’ve extricated myself.

Ex-smokers are often the most vocal about sidestream smoke, and I lament the use of circumlocutions such as I don’t disagree.

Anyway, that couple on the patio could have been discussing dessert for all I know, one of them saying

A piece of pie would be nice.

Why can’t the other just fess up to wanting a slice, too?

This article was contributed by Dr Gary S. Goodman

Read more about Impact Factory's Communication Skills Training in London

Communication Skills Training

Impact Factory runs

Open Communication Skills Courses

Tailored Communication Skills Training

Five Day Communicate With Impact Workshops

and personalised

One-to-One Communication Coaching

for anyone who is interested in

Communication Skills Issues

Eversholt Rail Group - Communication Skills Course - 2 Day

“The course was excellent. The structure and teaching methods really worked well. Unlike other courses, I feel that I've instantly learned some tools that improve my confidence in communication!” Nicholas Faulkner - Engineer - Eversholt Rail Group

“The course was excellent. The structure and teaching methods really worked well. Unlike other courses, I feel that I've instantly learned some tools that improve my confidence in communication!” Nicholas Faulkner - Engineer - Eversholt Rail Group

Global Innovation Fund - Communication Skills Course - 2 Day

"I found the course incredibly helpful for practicing new communication techniques. It's all well and good to understand the theory of communication - but the hard bit is really in putting the theory into practice." Isabella - Associate - Global Innovation Fund

"I found the course incredibly helpful for practicing new communication techniques. It's all well and good to understand the theory of communication - but the hard bit is really in putting the theory into practice." Isabella - Associate - Global Innovation Fund

Vlerick Business School - Project Management Course

"The Project Management Course certainly gave me my positive attitude to make this project a success. Thanks to the training, I realised what the blind spots are and I was able to address them… and I will certainly use the materials you provided me in the next steps of my project and future projects". Martha Kitta - Senior Learning & Development Consultant - Vlerick Business School

"The Project Management Course certainly gave me my positive attitude to make this project a success. Thanks to the training, I realised what the blind spots are and I was able to address them… and I will certainly use the materials you provided me in the next steps of my project and future projects". Martha Kitta - Senior Learning & Development Consultant - Vlerick Business School

The team:

Training Course Accreditation

Communication Skills Trainer Accreditation

To ensure that the courses you attend are of the highest quality, offering the best professional tuition possible, all our Open Courses are evaluated and accredited.

This accredited course is suitable for corporate and public sector Continuing Professional Development Plans and Portfolios.

Read about trainer accreditation

Impact Factory Brochures

communication skills training brochure

DOWNLOAD NOW