We’re all striving to be better communicators, or at least we should be. With that in mind, let’s eliminate the following phrases from our spoken and.
More often than not, they are used to mask negative thoughts or intentions, and they aren’t usually received well by others:
1. “I could be wrong” or “correct me if I’m mistaken.” Rarely do people use either phrase when they believe they are wrong. Instead, it’s a way of easing into a criticism of someone else. Cut to the chase. If you don’t know something, ask for clarification. If you want to inform someone that they are incorrect, just do it.
2. “With all due respect.” That’s a “nice” way to let someone know that you are about to set them straight or tear apart their opinions. It’s much better to just calmly and politely state your case.
3. “Just let me see what I can do.” It’s a stall tactic at worst. At best, it’s a way to tell others that you are sooooo busy but still willing to help them. Just be up front about what you can and can’t do. You’ll save everyone time and frustration.