Earlier we have published an some sentences which can help you interrupting in a business meeting in English. But are there things that you should not say? In this article we explore five sentences to best avoid.
The first one is simple. "You’re wrong". This one hopefully is fairly obvious. Because it is the perfect way to completely shut somebody down and for you to be a complete (censored). It also looks very unprofessional, and we do not want that to happen during a business meeting, now do we? What instead you would be able to say is "The way I see it…" or "what if we…?". Sounds much better, doesn't it?
Then we have "that’s impossible". I know that sometimes things really are impossible. In my native country we even have a saying: What is impossible has never been done, implying that the way to do it hasn’t been found yet. Most of the time they're not. I would recommend though, that instead of saying “it's impossible” to use the previous comment as a starting place for a new idea.
"It’s not my job/ I don’t have time". And shot that you are not a team player? Never! Honestly, I have no alternative I could recommend. I would actually suggest you bite your tongue and you wait until after the meeting to speak with your boss or the person in charge to explain the situation to them. Because during the meeting saying things like this can come across as very negative.
Then we have "I understand what you’re saying, but…". and the issue in the sentence is the "but". Because typically in this context the word “but” means that there is something negative coming. And being negative is not productive during a business meeting. So how to change it? "I understand what you are saying, and I think…". Because again, now you're building upon the comment the previous person made. You're not being negative, you're being constructive.
«I’ll try». What do you mean “you'll try”? Are you up for the job or not? If you don't know exactly how to do it, figure it out. A lot of people think they can't do something and then it turns out they can. And to give an alternative "I will…" surely is a better option. So these were a couple of sentences to avoid, and how to replace them.
There they are. Five sentences to best avoid during a business meeting. I hope you like them.
Thank you for reading this post. And as always, DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE!