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Prefacing a statement or answering a question with the phrase “To be honest …” is a verbal tic that you should avoid at all costs.

Reason: Research by Professor James W. Pennebaker of Southern Methodist University indicates that leading with “To be honest …” or “Honestly …” is often interpreted as the beginning of an untruth by the person you are addressing.

Action item: The next time you catch yourself with one of these phrases on the tip of your tongue, resist the urge to use it and deliver your message straightforwardly.

—Adapted from “The Truth About Lying,” Alison Kornet, Psychology Today Online, www.psychologytoday.com.

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