Do You Begin Every Sentence With No, But Or However?
SME Magazine Singapore|September 2020
Do You Begin Every Sentence With No, But Or However?
An easy habit for people who like to win to fall into, and a surefire shortcut to killing conversations, is to start a sentence with “no,” “but,” or “however.”
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith 

It doesn’t matter how friendly your tone is or how honey sweet you say these words, the message to your recipient is “You are wrong.” It’s not “Let’s discuss,” “I’d love to hear what you think,” it’s unequivocally, “You are wrong and I am right.” If your conversation companion is also of the winner variety, you have a potential battle on your hands, and there is nothing more that can happen that is productive.

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September 2020