Agree-Disagree Statement: How To Disagree Courteously

What You Say If You Want To Disagree Courteously
by Gene Griessman, Ph.D.

If you want to disagree with someone, but want to express only mild disagreement, this post will provide you with a sample disagree-agree statement. 

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I first heard it on a talk show. The individual being interviewed was not convinced that the argument being advanced by one person on the show was valid.

Here is what he said: “I’ve heard another point of view on that subject. Here’s how the argument goes….” He then proceeded to briefly explain the alternate point of view.

Then he added: “I don’t know if I agree with that argument, but it does make some very good points.”

I think this is an elegant statement to use if you’re talking with an individual/s who are intellectually honest and can be convinced by logic.  If, on the other hand, you’re talking with dogmatic individuals, they may take this response as a sign of weakness, and roll over you.

Which brings up an important point. No power phrase works in every situation. You have to adapt the statement to the situation.

But if your discussion is with thoughtful individuals, this agree-disagree statement works nicely.

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Gene Griessman is an internationally known keynote speaker, actor, and communication strategist. His book “TheWords Lincoln Lived By” is in its 23rd printing and “Time Tactics of Very Successful People” is in its 43rd printing. His training video “Lincoln on Communication” is owned by thousands of corporations, libraries, and government organizations. He has spoken at conventions and annual meetings all over the world. To learn more about his presentations, call 404-435-2225. Learn more at Atlanta Speakers Bureau or at his website. His latest book “Lincoln and Obama” has just been released by Audible.
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