Quick tip: Respond when someone puts words in your mouth

During a presentation, one of your listeners may say something like “So what you are saying is …” If the person is accurate, offer a simple “That’s correct.” However, if the person is drawing a false conclusion, set the record straight.

Don’t repeat the individual’s words even as part of a denial. That adds credence to what he or she has said, and other listeners may only hear those points. Instead, summarize your main points to reflect the actual message you want to convey. Then ask the person if he or she needs further clarification.

Example: “I’m not saying that at all. Here is what I am proposing … Do you have additional questions?”


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