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  • That's an interesting idea.

  • Sounds great, doesn't it?

  • An interesting idea?

  • But did she really mean it?

  • You had an idea for our traffic app?

  • Yes. Well, you know how it tells you

  • about slow traffic?

  • Yes.

  • Well, I thought

  • we could show how noisy the traffic is.

  • That's an interesting idea.

  • We can get new clients

  • who want a quiet journey.

  • It's certainly a different approach.

  • I've put these graphs in

  • for the different amounts of noise.

  • I can see that you've

  • been thinking about this.

  • Yeah.

  • Why are you so happy?

  • Oh, it's Emily, she loves my ideas!

  • I'm so happy.

  • I wouldn't be so sure.

  • What do you mean?

  • Well, people often use euphemisms

  • to avoid direct criticism

  • and to sound polite

  • words like 'interesting' and 'different'

  • mean that people can react

  • without saying anything directly negative.

  • So it didn't mean that

  • she really liked the ideas?

  • I'm afraid not.

  • How can you tell when someone is doing this?

  • Ok, people often use adjectives

  • that could be positive

  • but aren't always

  • like

  • 'interesting' or 'different'.

  • Also, people might use phrases to recognise effort

  • rather than achievement,

  • such as "You have really thought about this"

  • and

  • "You have worked a lot on this".

  • Pay attention to tone and body language as well.

  • Are they saying

  • "Well, I can see you've been working on that"

  • or are they saying

  • "Well, I can see you've been working on that"?

  • You can see more examples of this kind of feedback

  • at the end of the programme.

  • I wonder what it would look like

  • if she had really liked the ideas.

  • You had an idea for our traffic app?

  • Yes. Well, you know how it tells you

  • about slow traffic?

  • Yes.

  • Mark: Well, I thought we could show

  • how noisy the traffic is.

  • Wow, that is an interesting idea.

  • I really like it!

  • We could get new clients

  • who want a quiet journey.

  • That is a really different approach,

  • it's brilliant!

  • I've put these graphs in to show

  • the different amounts of noise.

  • I can see that you've been thinking about it

  • and I really like it!

That's an interesting idea.

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What They Really Mean: Euphemistic Feedback

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    Samuel posted on 2018/05/11
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