How To Professionally Say

censoring bad words

You can't always say the first thing that comes to your mind in business. Well, you certainly CAN but doing say will likely result in losing a client or contract.

To retain your clients and keep your jobs, I put together a professional and tactful response for all the naughty responses the immediately pop into your head.

Professional Alternatives

  • Stop gossiping: "Let's maintain a positive and professional atmosphere."
  • BS: "Unsubstantiated information"
  • I stop getting paid at 5pm, so I'm not attending your weird bowling event: "I will not be attending the event this evening, but thank you for the invite."
  • No worries: "It's of no concern"
  • You're welcome (in an email): "I was happy to assist you."
  • Don't worry about it: "There's no need for concern."
  • I don't care: "I have other priorities to resolve at the moment."
  • I don't know: "I don't know'." This is perfectly fine to say. In fact, constantly feeling like you need to provide an answer is a quick way to burn out.
  • Easy to get along with: "Possess strong interpersonal skills"
  • Jack of all trades: "Multifaceted professional"
  • We are excited: "We are eagerly anticipating"
  • Keep an eye out (email): "Please remain vigilant for..."
  • Stay in your lane:

    "I'm confident that I can handle the tasks that have been allocated to me. Should I need assistance, I'll be sure to reach out."

  • Have a good day: "I hope you have a productive day."
  • Good night: "Have a great evening."
  • Heads up: "I wanted to bring to your attention..."
  • Messed up: "There was an error."
  • Someone has an attitude:
    • "Would you like to move this discussion to a later date? I can send you over some times this week that I'll be available."
    • "I don't believe a discussion at this point will be fruitful. I will send you my availability for next week."
  • Sounds good: "That seems agreeable."
  • Answering phone calls on resume: "Experienced in telecommunication"
  • I would love to: "I would be interested in pursuing this."
  • No problem: "Certainly, I'm happy to assist."
  • Going to the bathroom: "I need to step away for a moment."
  • Asap: "At your earliest convenience"
  • Don't blame me this issue:
    • "I would appreciate if we could discuss issues or concerns in an open and non-accusatory manner."
    • "Could we maintain a positive dialogue and avoid jumping to conclusions without all the facts at hand?"
    • "Let's ensure we're always communicating in a constructive way that avoids premature accusations."
    • "I'd prefer if we could discuss any concerns or misunderstandings directly and impartially."
    • "Please remember it's important to not draw hasty conclusions without substantial evidence."
    • "I kindly request that we hold off on assumptions until we have a complete understanding of the situation."
    • "If you have concerns or questions about my actions or decisions, please ask me directly rather than making assumptions."
    • "For the sake of transparency and constructive communication, I would appreciate if we refrain from blaming without complete information."
  • Get on the same page: "Let's align our understanding."
  • Leave me alone: "I need to focus on my tasks."
  • Mind your own business: "Let's concentrate on our individual contributions to the project."
  • Ok: "Understood"
  • Talk to you soon: "Looking forward to our next conversation."
  • I don't work after 5pm, so don't call me:
    • "I appreciate your effort and understand the importance of our communication, but I would kindly ask that we respect our individual personal time. Therefore, could we please limit our phone discussions to regular business hours? Thank you."
    • "In order to maintain a healthy work-life balance, I prefer not to receive business-related calls outside of our standard working hours. I would be more than happy to address any concerns or questions you have during the next business day. Thank you for understanding."
    • "I am generally unavailable for professional calls outside of our agreed business hours. Could we ensure our communication is restricted to these times? Thank you."
    • "Please note that I maintain a policy of separating my work and personal life. As such, I request that any professional calls or inquiries be made during regular business hours. I greatly appreciate your respect for this boundary."
    • "To help ensure work-life balance, I am not available for professional calls beyond our set working hours. However, I am always open to continue our discussions the next working day. Thank you for understanding."
    • "Given the need for me to recharge and devote time to personal matters after work, I kindly request that all business-related calls be conducted within the regular work hours. Thank you for respecting this arrangement."
    • "In order to be my most productive during work hours, I aim to disconnect from work-related matters in the evening. Can we agree to keep our communication to standard business hours? Your understanding is greatly appreciated."
    • "I endeavor to keep my professional and personal lives distinct for overall well-being. Thus, I kindly request that we restrict our phone conversations to the standard work schedule. Thanks for your cooperation."

Matt Irving is the CEO of Super Easy Tech, LLC.
Matt is the CEO of Super Easy Tech and creator of Super Easy CRM. He is a passionate software engineer, tech blogger, and gamer. Feel free to connect on any of the platforms listed below.

Posted by: Matt Irving on 7/03/2023