Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators
Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators
Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators
Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators

Communication Tip #34

Warning: Verbal disclaimers are hazardous to relationships.

When someone says, “I mean no disrespect but…,” what do you immediately brace yourself for? To be disrespected.

Verbal disclaimers pre-condition us for the inevitable. Who is anybody kidding?

And the message is clear because negatives words do not register. We actually hear, “I mean disrespect.”

Here are some other examples:

  • I don’t mean to interrupt…
  • Don’t take this as a putdown…
  • I don’t mean to criticize…

The remedy? Drop the disclaimer, think before you speak, and communicate in a clear and respectful win/win manner.

What verbal disclaimers cause you to bristle?

Presenter’s Group:

Warning: Verbal disclaimers are hazardous to relationships.

When people say, “I mean no disrespect but…,” we brace ourselves to be disrespected.

What verbal disclaimers cause you to bristle?