1. Don't say: I want a burger
Say: I'd like to have a burger
'I want' sounds like a demand, as if you are commanding the other person. ''I'd like'' is a more polite phrase.
2. Don't say: Send me the report.
Say: Could you send me the report?
To maintain good relationships with coworkers, it’s best not to use imperatives(“Reply to my e - mail, ” “Go to the bank, ” etc)
Instead, make requests with the phrases, Could you…? and Could you please…?
3. Don't say: Leave me alone.
Say: Could you give me a minute or sorry, I'm a bit busy right now
''Leave me alone'' sounds rude if you are in a middle of something or busy doing some work, you should say ''could you give me a minute''.
4. Don't say: Tell me when you are available
Say: Please, let me know when you're available, I need to talk to you.
When you are asking someone about their availability or about something, don't use, tell me. Instead you should say: Please, let me know.
5. Don't say: Your're wrong
Say: I think you might be mistaken
When you are pointing out someone's mistake, don't say, you're wrong. I think you might be mistaken is a more humble phrase
6. Don't say: That's a bad idea
Say: I am not sure that's a good idea
When you are not agreeing with someone's idea, instead of saying, that's a bad idea, you should say, I am not sure that's a good idea
7. Don't say: Your work isn't good
Say: I am not quite satisfied with this work, this needs some improvement
When you are giving feedback to someone about their work, instead of saying ''you're work isn't good, tell them, I'm not quite satisfied with this work or to be honest, this needs some improvement
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