The Power of Words

Learn to be civil in opposing conversation.

If one wants to get their point across, the power of words needs to be used.  In business it is extremely important to keep the peace and keep one's opinions to themselves or at the very least communicate in a non-abrasive way.  Many people shudder at the 1980's term "political correct" but in a business setting it is the way to move up and get ahead.  The people who make waves get pulled down with the undertow.

Words are powerful. Here is a list of words and alternatives that may receive a more positive response from your audience:

1. Wrong                  alternative: Mistaken

2. Wrong                  alternative: Can I get your sources?

3. Rejected               alternative: Returned for edit

4. Stupid                   alternative: Ill-informed

5. Narrow Minded      alternative: Limited viewpoint

6. Rhetoric                alternative: Limited viewpoint

7. Right-wingnut        alternative: Conservative

8. Kool-aid drinker    alternative: Liberal

9. Terrorist                alternative: Terrorist (really no alternative)

10. I'm right               alternative: Here is my source

If one wishes to have their comments heard, then do not turn away the audience. If one wishes to have a reasonable conversation then do not chase your audience away by making them find the conversation is going no where.

It is said that being politically correct is ill advised but good manners are never out of good form. If anyone wants to be heard they have to say things that other people will listen to. When shouting and name calling become the direction of a conversation then no one can get their point across, no one can be taught, no one will learn.  You can remember the words of your parents.  "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."  This was good advice when speaking to friends or family on the school yard or during dinner, and they are also good advice when speaking to associates, and subordinates in a professional setting.

However, if those who disagree can manage to be civil in their conversation and in their conveyance of information they are wishing to impart then the audience is more likely to stand there and wait for the conclusion, voice their own opinions and between the two maybe a middle ground can be obtained, or maybe someone can learn something.  Being able to have conversations separates us from the animals, is it advisable to behave like animals when trying to inform?


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