Thursday, January 5th, 2023

Say It Simply

“A lot of problems in the world would be solved if we talked to each other instead of about each other.” — Nicky Gumbel

As leaders, when communicating with your team members, do you use phrases that can become irritating? I bet you have never given it much thought. Old habits are very hard to break.

A recent Inc. article by Jeff Haden titled “To Be Honest, These Overused Filler Phrases Really Get On Other People’s Nerves,” might send you a wake-up call.

For example, you might use phrases like, “At the end of the day..” “It is what it is.” “To be perfectly candid…” and the often used one, “If I’m honest…”

A phrase that is often used by CPA partners might be “Trust me….” I’ve heard that one many times.

The point is to eliminate these phrases and say what you are trying to communicate. This article will give you a lot of pointers.

I like the example used in the article – Did Jim Lovell need to say “To tell you the truth” before he said, “Houston, we’ve had a problem?” No, he did not.

  • "Make sure to communicate your idea quickly and keep it straight to the point."
  • Paul Bailey

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