英語会議保存版!ネイティブが使う「相手をムッとさせずに反論する」テクニックでスマートにグローバル会議を進めよう

「これで英語会議の不安を解消!同僚の意見に反対するときのスマートな英語表現」で、ビジネス会議において、相手に賛成するときは直接的な表現を使い、逆に反対するときはソフトに表現をする、と簡単に触れました。

今日のブログは保存版。

相手の意見をまずは尊重しながら、自分の反対意見を主張するスマートな英語表現を身につけてみましょう。

The way you communicate in business meetings is extremely important, and it comes with challenges. First of all, you have to express yourself clearly so you’re well understood. On top of that, you need to speak positively and respectfully (if you want to keep good business relationships, that is!) 

Read on as we list different ways to express disagreement or different opinions in English—while keeping your business communications professional and positive.

What to say when you disagree

Even if you think that someone in your business meeting is completely wrong, you need to choose your words carefully when you express your disagreement (most of us know that it’s best not to shout “You’re totally wrong!”) Here are some examples of how you can introduce your differing opinion in a respectful way.

Disagreement

  • I’m not sure I agree with you.
  • I’m afraid I don’t completely agree. 
  • I’m not 100% in agreement. 
  • I don’t think we share an opinion on this issue.
  • I’m not sure that’s the best idea. 
  • I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with you.
  • I respectfully disagree. 
  • I’m not sure that’s possible.
  • I see it a little differently. 

Disagreement + your opinion

  • I see what you’re saying, but from my perspective . . . [state opinion]

→ I see what you’re saying, but from my perspective, our profits will increase.

  • That’s a fair point, but . . . [state opinion] 

→ That’s a fair point, but we need to consider the extra work involved.

  • I understand where you’re coming from, but . . . [state opinion]

→ I understand where you’re coming from, but we don’t have enough data yet.

  • There is some truth to what you’re saying, but . . . [state opinion]

→ There is some truth to what you’re saying, but it may not be that simple.

  • I respect your point, but in my opinion . . . [state opinion]

→ I respect your point, but in my opinion, we don’t have enough time for that this quarter.

How to suggest a different idea

If you tell someone you disagree with them, it’s often advisable to suggest a different idea. That way, you can help make sure the meeting is productive and continues to move forward. Below are some ways you can politely suggest a new idea after expressing your disagreement.

  • My suggestion would be to . . . [state your idea]

→ My suggestions would be to do more research before we begin. 

  • I would recommend that we . . . [state your idea]

→ I would recommend that we present it to the board members next month. 

  • An alternative solution might be . . . [state your idea]

→ An alternative solution might be to give a higher budget to the development team.

  • Instead, I think we should . . . [state your idea]

→ Instead, I think we should complete the project in several stages. 

  • What do you think about [state your idea] instead?

→ What do you think about starting a company-wide volunteer program instead?  

Disagreeing agreeably

Expressing disagreement can be tough in any situation—and business is no exception. Review the statements above and try some out in your next English business meeting to keep interactions positive and productive!

建設的な会議とは、異なる意見をぶつけ合って、新しい価値のあるアイデアを生み出すもの。

イノベーションの源流です。

スマートな反論テクニックで、人の感情を損ねることのない、ポジティブな空気を保つ会議にして、参加するメンバーの意見をどんどん引き出せる価値あるものとしましょう!