Avoiding No Problem and Other Negative Expressions
How often have you heard the following phrases?
I can’t do that
You’ll have to
I’m not going to discuss that
I’m not going to take up your time
I’m not going to go into detail
That will never work
It’s a good idea, but
It is so easy to fall into the habit of using negative expressions or saying what you aren’t going to do. The problem is people would rather hear positives, and even remember them better. Using positive expressions helps you to be seen as a team player, a problem-solver, and a go-to person. So let’s try turning these expressions into something more positive.
My pleasure, or you’re welcome
What I can do is, or let’s see what we can do
Would you, or would you mind
Here is what I can say
I will make this brief
I will provide a brief overview, or I will stay high-level
Let’s see how we can make this work
It’s a good idea, and…
Next time you hear one of these or other negative expressions, see if you can discover a more positive way to say it. And then try using positive expressions as often as you can.