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What not to say at work

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Strong communication skills are a must for anyone in the workforce today, and there are some things that simply should never come out of your mouth, says Roxana Hewertson, CEO of Highland Consulting Group.

  • But. When you use this word, it cancels out anything nice that you  may have said before.
  • Don’t you think. Starting a sentence this way sets a negative tone. It’s better to start with “What do you think about…?”
  • Truthfully. This implies you’re lying the rest of the time.
  • You. Starting a sentence this way often makes it come off as accusatory or judgmental.
  • Not to be … funny/sarcastic/critical, but. This is just setting yourself up for a lie because you’re about to be exactly that way.
  • I meant to tell you. This is an­­other sign you’re lying and are only telling them now because you have to.
  • Surely you jest. Using sarcasm cuts away at your trustworthiness and credibility.

— Adapted from “12 Career-Killer Comments,” Roxana Hewertson, Forbes.

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