Everyone is stressed this holiday season. The opportunity is ripe for both shoppers and store personnel to be rude and abusive (particularly when stores hire part time or seasonal help who haven’t been properly trained). But there’s a very simple way to break out of this cycle and turn a potentially bad experience into a memorable one – which is something we all want. Michael Hess has a great post on CBS News Moneywatch about how you say something during the holiday season being crucial to creating a good customer experience. Here’s one example he gives:
Say this: “Let me help you with that” or “How can I help you?”
Not this: “You need help?”
This is great advice not only for the holidays but every day. And this practice can be used in writing business documents, such as business plans as well. For instance,
Don’t say this: “Our sales goal was to increase business 40% this year but we only made it to 15%”.
Say this: “We increased business 15% this year and are working towards a 40% sales goal.”
The second phrasing puts a positive spin on the situation. Just as importantly, it tells the reader that you are in control of your business or situation. The reader, particularly an investor, is going to look more favorably upon this positively stated situation.
In the long run, this kind of speaking can change the way you think towards a more positive outlook in general.
For other examples, check out the link to the blog.