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Meetings auf Englisch - Zweifel und Einwände

Schlagwörter: Meeting auf Englisch, Meetings auf Englisch, Englisch Meeting, Konferenz auf Englisch, Englisch Konferenz, Besprechung auf Englisch, Englisch Besprechung, Zweifel äußern Englisch, Widersprechen Englisch, Widerspruch Englisch, Einwand Englisch, Einwände Englisch

Expressing doubt

I’m not fully convinced.
I don’t find these data convincing. Do
you have any other evidence supporting
your position?
Do you really believe we’ll be able to ...?
Is that really a good idea? We’ve already
seen how ...
I don’t have a good feeling about the
information you just presented. Could
you elaborate further on ... ?
I see the point you’re trying to make
about ..., but I must admit I still have
an uneasy feeling about ...
Yes, we’ve seen these numbers in last
quarter’s sales report. I questioned
their validity then.
I still haven’t heard/seen anything that
would lead me to concur with your
opinion that ...
I think we need to be a bit careful here.
While the information you’re presenting
does seem incontrovertible, it could
also be that another conclusion could
be reached by viewing the data from
another perspective.
Have you reviewed all of the possible
scenarios to make sure we haven’t
overlooked something?


Raising objections

Hmm. That may well be, but what about
the issue of ... ?
You do have a good point there, but
what about ... ?
That may be correct, but it’s also true
that ... Doesn’t this mean we need to
gather more data before we can make
a decision?
You may well be right in your assertion
that ..., but what about ... ?
I take your point. However, I feel I must
point out that ... and ... Don’t these
facts undermine the point you’re trying
to make?
I suppose you have a point there.
However, I still think a clear analysis is
impossible without the data from ...,
which we do not yet have.
Your suggested approach does sound like
the most logical solution, but I still think
we should explore other possibilities.
Even if we were to assume you are right
for the purpose of discussion, I still
believe the idea is full of hidden pitfalls.
We must explore this in more detail
before making a decision.


Responding to doubt and objection

Although Americans generally have a
reputation for being direct, it’s important
to know that all native-English speakers
tend to be very polite and professional
in meetings. This is especially true of the
British, who will use understatement to
soften the impact of their actual opinions.
To be safe, the following phrases should
therefore be regarded as expressions of
strong doubt or objection:

I don’t think this idea makes a lot of sense.
I don’t think this point will lead us to a
productive discussion.
I’m afraid, ...
I’m sorry, but ...
I fear I’ll have to ...
You may well have a point there, but ...


Leaving doubts and objections unchecked
allows them to continue growing outside
the meeting. In addition – because of the
use of understatement – you can never
know just how serious a doubt or objection
is. The best approach is therefore to
assume doubts and objections are always
extremely serious and to handle them immediately
and professionally. Here are a
few helpful patterns:

I have to admit that I, too, did not find
the data fully convincing until I discovered
that ...

I understand your scepticism, especially
since ... and ... However, an important
consideration to remember is ... This
contributes directly to ..., and provides
further evidence that my line of reasoning
is well-founded.
I understand your hesitancy.
Yes, a similar idea was attempted in
our East Asian office, with disastrous
results I must admit. However, I must
emphasise that the underlying market
conditions here are completely
different. To eliminate any possibility
of repeating our East Asian disaster,
we’ve implemented a series of market
tests that quickly delivered promising
and incontestable results.

Yes, I had the same uneasy feeling about
this issue until I delved a bit further into
the matter and determined that ...

At first glance, yes. But upon closer
examination, it becomes clear that ...
I agree. Before we make a final decision,
I also believe it would be sensible to ...
... carefully sanity check all of the
information.
... identify and fully explore other
possibilities.


Dos and Don’ts
If you’re attending


  • If you have concrete doubts or objections,
    make them. They will help others develop
    an accurate picture of the issue being
    discussed and build a higher level of confidence
    with any resulting decision.


  • Avoid heckling the speaker.


If you’re chairing

  • Meetings can often end in disaster when
    doubts and objections are being raised.
    Left unchecked, they can undermine the
    entire purpose of the meeting and leave
    participants very dissatisfied with the
    current situation and decision. If you
    believe a speaker who must present
    key data is not strong enough to defend
    a position that has been worked out in
    detail, it would be prudent to familiarise
    yourself with all of the facts in advance
    and help the speaker defend his position
    during the meeting.

Schlagwörter: Meeting auf Englisch, Meetings auf Englisch, Englisch Meeting, Konferenz auf Englisch, Englisch Konferenz, Besprechung auf Englisch, Englisch Besprechung, Zweifel äußern Englisch, Widersprechen Englisch, Widerspruch Englisch, Einwand Englisch, Einwände Englisch

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