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Weasel Words How to Keep from Committing to Anything (Without even Trying)
Weasel Words <ul><li>They don’t come from here: </li></ul><ul><li>They come from here: </li></ul>
Well Known Examples
Well Known Examples
Why do we use them? <ul><li>We live in a polite society </li></ul><ul><li>(but we’re inconsiderate bastards) </li></ul><ul...
It Hasn’t Always Been This Way
It Hasn’t Always Been This Way
Why the change? <ul><li>Advances in technology </li></ul>
Disappointment breeds a lack of Commitment
Snowball Effect
Today’s Tools <ul><li>Instant communications = Instant avoidance </li></ul>
Okay, I get it. Now What? <ul><li>Let’s take a look at some carefully chosen words that have become commonplace… </li></ul>
I’ll Try <ul><li>Convenient side-step answer to a Yes or No question </li></ul>
Between 8:00 and 9:00 <ul><li>A time range that may or may not hold, but not a firm commitment </li></ul>
I’d like to, but… <ul><li>Touchy-feely way of saying No, without actually saying No. </li></ul>
It may be…
I’m planning to…
We’ll see
Now what? <ul><li>You know what they are </li></ul><ul><li>You know how to avoid them </li></ul><ul><li>Or… </li></ul>
Find me here: <ul><li>Twitter: @brharrison </li></ul><ul><li>almostliveproductions.com </li></ul><ul><li>idahoadagencies.c...
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Weasel Words: How to keep from committing to anything (without even trying).

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Weasel Words

  1. 1. Weasel Words How to Keep from Committing to Anything (Without even Trying)
  2. 2. Weasel Words <ul><li>They don’t come from here: </li></ul><ul><li>They come from here: </li></ul>
  3. 3. Well Known Examples
  4. 4. Well Known Examples
  5. 5. Why do we use them? <ul><li>We live in a polite society </li></ul><ul><li>(but we’re inconsiderate bastards) </li></ul><ul><li>We’re selfish </li></ul><ul><li>(but we like to keep our options open) </li></ul><ul><li>We’re afraid to commit </li></ul><ul><li>(but we don’t want to disappoint) </li></ul>
  6. 6. It Hasn’t Always Been This Way
  7. 7. It Hasn’t Always Been This Way
  8. 8. Why the change? <ul><li>Advances in technology </li></ul>
  9. 9. Disappointment breeds a lack of Commitment
  10. 10. Snowball Effect
  11. 11. Today’s Tools <ul><li>Instant communications = Instant avoidance </li></ul>
  12. 12. Okay, I get it. Now What? <ul><li>Let’s take a look at some carefully chosen words that have become commonplace… </li></ul>
  13. 13. I’ll Try <ul><li>Convenient side-step answer to a Yes or No question </li></ul>
  14. 14. Between 8:00 and 9:00 <ul><li>A time range that may or may not hold, but not a firm commitment </li></ul>
  15. 15. I’d like to, but… <ul><li>Touchy-feely way of saying No, without actually saying No. </li></ul>
  16. 16. It may be…
  17. 17. I’m planning to…
  18. 18. We’ll see
  19. 19. Now what? <ul><li>You know what they are </li></ul><ul><li>You know how to avoid them </li></ul><ul><li>Or… </li></ul>
  20. 20. Find me here: <ul><li>Twitter: @brharrison </li></ul><ul><li>almostliveproductions.com </li></ul><ul><li>idahoadagencies.com </li></ul>

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