Negativity is contagious. It’s all too easy to complain about everything that goes wrong and this can quickly spread to others. Fortunately there is a simple trick that can be used to eliminate negativity; simply don’t say negative words. Aiming for positive remarks helps people to get energised. Rather than looking for blame, seek opportunities to improve and progress forward.
Here are some examples of negative statements that people commonly use:
- Don’t do that
- We can’t do it
- It can’t be done
- We don’t do such thing
- It is against our policy
- We have never done this before
- It has never been done
- No one knows how to do this
- You don’t know how this works
- The management is clueless
- The staff are clueless
- They sit there all day and do nothing
- No one cares
These statements do not help and are sometime stated as a reflex reaction rather than with an appropriate thought. Sometimes they become a habit and it is important to eliminate them as bad habits.
This simple two stage communication skills exercise helps to increase the awareness of delegates about this issue and helps them to address it. It is ideal for delegates who work closely together or are part of the same team so it can also be used as a teambuilding activity at work.