If someone flat out told you that you were wrong after you’ve explained something in detail, how would you feel? You might feel embarrassed, defensive, or even irritated. It’s likely that your default reaction–at least in your head–would be to start coming up with arguments to back up what you said. This situation happens all the time. When you disagree with someone, people can take it the wrong way. It’s precisely why being able to disagree tactfully is invaluable–pull this off, and the other person will be much more accepting of your idea. Instead of triggering conflict or hurt feelings, you can disagree in a way that moves the discussion forward. Whether you’re brainstorming ideas with your team or stating your opinion at a meeting, disagreeing is unavoidable in work environments and even in personal relationships. Disagreeing simply means that your opinion or perspective differs from that of the other person. In this blog post, we’ll explore which English phrases to use when you disagree along with how you can appear more approachable. What if you also master the intonation, body language, and gestures to go with that? Then you’ll be really persuasive, even in tricky situations when the other person doesn’t agree with you at first. You can minimize the risk of misunderstandings, whether you’re talking to a client, colleagues, or your boss.
edited on 17-10-22