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3 tips to really irritate others

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If you want to frustrate the people you work with, here are three communication tactics that are sure to get the job done.

  • Drop hints. If you make suggestions on implications with making a direct request or statement, you aren’t going to get what you want. Example: “It’s standard practice for new team members to take notes.” Instead, if you have the authority, go ahead and clearly direct someone to do something. Example: “Please take the minutes so that you familiarize yourself with our meeting format.”
  • Make innuendos. Example: “I’m surprised she got promoted so quickly given her lack of experience, but then again, Joe does like young, pretty girls.” That is the type of salacious comment that drives the rumor mill.  If you don’t know the whole truth about something, don’t repeat it. Better yet, keep your thoughts to yourself.
  • Insinuate another person did something wrong. Example: “We were the only ones working last night, and the laptop was in the conference room when I left before you.” Those slight hints or suggestions are used to disguise accusations. Instead of using them, ask questions to get to the root of an issue.

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