Degrees of mitigation in business talk

May 10, 2015 Uncategorized 0

Let’s look at the various degrees of mitigated language you might use in a professional

situation with others:

1. Command: Strategy X is our plan.

2. Obligation Statement: We need to try strategy X.

3. Suggestion: Why don’t we do strategy X?

4. Question: What do you think of strategy X?

5. Preference: Maybe we should look at one of these alternatives

6. Hint: I wonder if there are problems with our current plan.

The top three of are high power, command and control styles of communication

associated with men or senior-ranking people.

The bottom three examples of more mitigated speech are lower power communication

styles and tend to be favored by women or people of lower status.

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