Kick Your “Buts”

By | August 7, 2016

stick_figure_kick_out_man_400_clr_15199It’s not what you think! I’m not advocating kicking “butts”, kicking your own butt or anyone’s butt!

I’m talking about a very common language violation. I’ve heard many people say “Don’t use the word “but” because when you use the word “but”, it negates everything that came before it!”.  

You know what I’m talking about right?

They say, “You did a great job but…”,  “We are proud of your efforts but…”,  “We would give you a pay rise but…”, “I will be there mate but …” and on and on.

In the moment the “but” is drop kicked into the sentence everything that came before is punted to the bin!

It seems, even when many people know that something is not ideal they still do it!  I know it is wrong to be disrespectful but I can’t help it!

Want to kick your “but”?

Simply substitute the “but” for an “and”!

If you are writing and a “but” pops in, have a look and use an “and”.

If you are about to speak and a “but” is lined up, rethink it with an “and”

I would love you to kick your “but” AND I believe you can!

Alan