This is what I want to tell women when they’re speaking. So just for this week, would you be willing to try this paradigm on for size?
I understand exactly what you’re saying.
It makes perfect sense.
You’re so insightful.
If I need clarification, I’ll ask.
Not only do I understand what you’re saying, I can see the beauty in your heart. I know you’re not trying to offend me. I know you’re speaking from love.
I also want to hear what you’re thinking. I want you to speak. Your thoughts and insight are valuable to me and to the rest of the world.
I wonder if you could trust the world this much this week.
Could you speak, even if you need to speak in spirals rather than a straight line?
Could you speak without qualifying your thoughts? Could you drop the “sorry,” “just,” “… if that makes any sense,” and “do you know what I mean?”
I know what you mean.
If you trusted me, what would you say?
I hear you. I see you. I trust you. I’m glad for you.