12 Common Words and Phrases People Use, But Rarely Ever Mean

What is said is often not what is meant. Especially where these are concerned: 1. "I'm just thinking out loud..." Brainstorming is one thing. Making half-baked proposals is another. That's why Bezos famously makes people read documents before a meeting starts. He wants considered responses, considered ideas, and considered proposals.

12 Common Words and Phrases People
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Don't think out loud. Do your thinking first.

And if you haven't had time to think... just be quiet and leave the floor to those who have.

2. "No, it's fine."

"No, it's fine," actually means, "no, it's not fine... but I don't want to talk about it anymore.

3. "In case you missed this ..."

Maybe the recipient did miss your cold call-esque email. More likely, though, they weren't interested.

As a sender, understand the person you're targeting. If it's someone who gets dozens of unsolicited emails a day, like Mark Cuban, he didn't r

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