forbes magazine article called “ worst words B u s i n e s s F i n a n c e
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Group #1 Discussion Topic:
Worst Words to Use at Work? Displaying Confidence with Words (LO 5.5)
In a Forbes magazine article
called “Worst Words to Say at Work,” business consultant and
psychotherapist Linnda Durre listed nine words or phrases that show
someone is not confident.11 These phrases, according to Durre, cause others to perceive you as undependable and untrustworthy. To read the article, go to class=”screenreader-only”> (Links to an external site.).
Then respond to 3-4 of the following, which are excerpted from her
article, with four to five sentences about whether you agree or disagree
with her point of view:
Try is a weasel word. “Well,
I’ll try,” some people say. It’s a cop-out. They’re just giving you lip
service when they probably have no real intention of doing what you ask.
Whatever— This word is a
trusted favorite of people who want to dismiss you, diminish what you
say, or get rid of you quickly …. It’s an insult and a verbal slap in
the face. It’s a way to respond to a person without actually responding.
Maybe and I don’t know—
People will sometimes avoid making a decision and hide behind these
words. Sometimes during a confrontation people will claim not to know
something or offer the noncommittal response “maybe,” just to avoid
being put on the spot.
I’ll get back to you—When
people need to buy time or avoid revealing a project’s status, they will
say, “I’ll get back to you,” and they usually never do.
If—Projects depend on everyone doing his or her part. People who use if
are usually playing the blame game and betting against themselves. They
like to set conditions rather than assuming a successful outcome.
Yes, but…—This is another
excuse. You might give your team members suggestions or solutions and
they come back to you with “Yes, but …” as a response. They don’t really
want answers, help, or solutions.
I guess…—This is usually said
in a weak, soft-spoken, shoulder-shrugging manner. It’s another attempt
to shirk responsibility—a phrase is muttered only when people half agree
with you, but want to leave enough leeway to say, “Well, I didn’t
really know …. I was only guessing.”
We’ll see…—How many times did
we hear our parents say this? We knew they were buying time, avoiding a
fight or confrontation, or really saying no.