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30 Jul

Communication Skills Training: Danger Phrase “I’d suggest. . . .”

Here’s your professional communication skills training tip for the day:
The next time you’re about to say “I’d suggest…” instead, say simply “I suggest.”

Communication Skills Training:  Say "I suggest" rather than "I'd suggest"
Communication Skills Training: Say “I suggest” rather than “I’d suggest”

Saying, “I’d suggest…” implies that if you were confident enough in your idea or yourself, your suggestion would be… and “I suggest” is a verbal pattern of a confident, savvy, professional communicator.
For example, notice the difference:
“I’d suggest we review all our options first,” and “I suggest we review all our options first.”
“I’d suggest you ask him yourself,” and “I suggest you ask him yourself.”
When you say, “I’d” instead of “I” it simply sabotages and weakens your message. “I’d” is NOT a verbal pattern of a powerful communicator.
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