CHINFO has chick problems.
From the usually harmless CHINFO MPTE News Clips - this time from 16 JUL, a little harmless thing; but remember, we are - in theory - a Navy at war.
COMMUNICATION TIPS OF THE DAY:Somewhere, the warfighter weeps. But ... let's end on a happy note. Byron, Skippy, The Regulars - any additions?
18 Common Phrases to Avoid in Conversation: Some things should never be
said. Here, how to avoid putting your foot in your mouth - and what to
*Don't Say: "You look tired."
Why: It implies she doesn't look good.
Instead Say: "Is everything OK?" We often blurt the "tired" comment when we get the sense that the other person feels out of sorts. So just ask.
*Don't Say: "Wow, you've lost a ton of weight!"
Why: To a newly trim person, it might give the impression that she used to look unattractive.
Instead Say: "You look fantastic." And leave it at that. If you're curious about how she got so svelte, add, "What's your secret?"
*Don't Say: "You look so good for your age."
Why: Anything with a caveat like this is rude. It's saying, "You look great - compared with other old people. It's amazing you have all your own teeth."
Instead Say: "You look great."
*Don't Say: "That's not my job."
Why: If your superior asks you to do something, it is your job.
Instead Say: "I'm not sure that should be my priority right now." Then
have a conversation with your boss about your responsibilities.
*Don't Say: "This might sound stupid, but..."
Why: Never undermine your ideas by prefacing your remarks with wishy-washy language.
Instead Say: What's on your mind. It reinforces your credibility to present your ideas with confidence.
*Don't Say: "Are you pregnant?"
Why: You ask, she's not, and you feel totally embarrassed for essentially pointing out that she's overweight.
Instead Say: "Hello" or "Great to see you" or "You look great." Anything besides "Are you pregnant?" or "What's the due date?" will do. Save yourself the humiliation and never ask.
*Don't Say: "How could someone as perfect as you still be single?"
Why: A statement like this comes off as a backhanded compliment. What she hears is "What's wrong with you?"
Instead Say: "Seeing anyone?" If she's tight-lipped about her love life,
move on to other topics.
Hat tip OPNAV spy.