The image above is from a LinkedIn chat and those blue phrases are LinkedIn’s suggestions as to what I could reply to my friend’s comment.
Now, here’s my problem with LinkedIn’s suggestion…
First of all, I understand that this is often something that we say without thinking too much about it but…
WHY would we ever want to combine 2 negative words on a short sentence?
Please notice that when I say “negative”, I am talking about the immediate unconscious emotional trigger that some words have in our minds.
Think about a time that someone said “NO” to you. How did you feel in that moment?
Think about a “PROBLEM” in your life right now. How does that make you feel?
So how can we turn this around?
Here’s some of the things that you can say instead of “no problem”:
- “My pleasure!”
- “Happy to help!”
- “Totally fine!”
- “I’m with you!”
- “I agree!”
- “I understand!”