Peter Stuifzand

Taking back "I don't know"

In I Don’t Understand What Anyone Is Saying Anymore Dan Pallotta wrote about business-speak:

It involves the use of words such as “space,” “around,” “synergy,” and “value-add” with a healthy dose of equivocators like “sort of” and “kind of” to ensure that there is no commitment to anything being said…

Perhaps a solution can be found in a simple little sentence that gives us some room to think. “I don’t know.”

I was told that you can’t say you don’t know. If you don’t know something, you make something up on the spot. What happens if you have to know everything and need to give answers to all questions and you can’t say or show you don’t know? You make shit up.

So, maybe we should be more honest and just say: “I don’t know. But if you really like to know the answer I can try to find out.”

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