A “tag” question walked into a bar, didn’t she?
I don’t know. No one paid attention to her!
♦️Tag questions occur when we add a question to the end of a declarative sentence.
♦️If we want to project confidence/personal authority and expect others to listen to us, avoiding tag questions is key.
Consider this 🤔:
I was about to present at an international conference in Buenos Aires.
500 attendees took seats toward the rear of the auditorium leaving the first several rows empty.
(I find it disconcerting to speak to empty rows of seats🪑🪑🪑🪑🪑 right in front of me.)
“Please move up and fill in the front rows, alright?” I begged.
To my dismay, NO ONE MOVED. Yikes. 😳 Now what do I do?
“That did not work out well. Let me rephrase,” I said humorously after recovering my poise. “I’ll begin when the front rows are filled in. Move up!”
Approximately 50 people moved up to the front. I took that as a win. 🙌
Let’s maximize our impact with assertive communication:
❌ It’s already 9:05 A.M. We should start the meeting, shouldn’t we?
❌ We have a lot to cover today so we’ll take a one hour lunch break, O.K?”
By saying, “shouldn’t we?” and “O.K?” I told my team I’m unsure of myself and my position.
I diminished my credibility. Why not maximize it?
✔️ It’s 9:05 A.M. Let’s start the meeting.
✔️ We have a lot to discuss. We’ll take a one hour lunch break.
Eliminating tag questions may take practice. It’s worth it. You will sound more assertive and confident.
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