This week’s Weekly Planning Hack gets you to think about swapping the word AND for BUT. Relationships are critical in today’s business context, particularly the remote space where we need to get things done via others who we may never have met. Language use becomes very important in terms of building connection and trust.
A lot of us use the word BUT when we are presenting information. You did a great job, BUT next time, can you do x.
When we use the word BUT it tends to totally negate whatever was said in front of it. So, in this example, all the person hears is “can you do x”. The praise or acknowledgement provided at the start of the sentence was not heard or captured.
With this in mind, think about what you can do to remove BUT from your wording this week. What do you notice?
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