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  • Writer's pictureLeslie Nydick

Reframe It

When we say some phrases, the response is negative even when we don’t intend it.


Here are a few examples:

“Calm down.”

“I don’t have time.”

“You don’t understand.”


How do those sound? Not good.


Instead of ‘Calm down’, reframe it.


New version: "I know you are upset. How can I support you?"


Instead of ‘I don’t have time’, reframe it.


New version: "I want to hear what you have to say. Now isn’t great so let’s talk at 2pm."


Instead of ‘You don’t understand’, reframe it.


New version: "I want to share more to explain my point."


We need to increase our awareness of how our words sound.


The best choice is to take the time to reframe it.




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