Guest post: The language of moving forward
This is a guest post by The London School of English, Nordic Region.
Language is a very powerful tool, particularly when it comes to negotiation. Positive communication helps to move things forward and to persuade people to leave entrenched positions. This applies not just in business and politics but all forms of communication where an impasse has been reached. The following expressions can help you to escape gridlock and to make progress in meetings.
1. To move on/forward
Example: Let’s move on and try to build some momentum
2. To pave the way for change
Example: This idea could pave the way for change
3. To overcome an impasse
Example: We have a new strategy to overcome this impasse
4. To be open to new ideas
Example: I’m sure everyone in this room is open to new ideas
5. To try a new approach
Example: Why don’t we try a new approach?
6. To consider new alternatives
Example: There are several alternatives worth considering and exploring
7. To find /seek out a viable way forward
Example: We’re going to use this meeting to find a viable way forward
8. To bridge the gap
Example: We need to press ahead and bridge the gap
9. To take decisive steps
Example: Our goal today is to take decisive steps that will allow us to make progress
10. To reconcile differences
Example: There is enough goodwill to reconcile our differences
11.To reach a consensus on how to move forward
Example: Let’s have an open discussion so we can reach a consensus on how to move forward
12. To strike an agreement/deal
Example: We’ve made enough progress to strike a deal
13. To agree to compromise
Example: The best way forward is to agree to compromise on the remaining issues
14. To reach (non-divisive) agreement
Example: We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement
15. To unite around a new vision
Example: Our proposal presents a new vision that I believe we can all unite around
16. To turn things around
Example: This latest development will enable us to turn things around
17. To give one’s support/full backing
Example: By giving this proposal our full support, we hope to create some forward motion
18. To encourage suggestions
Example: We encourage all constructive suggestions and will give them our full consideration
19. To throw your weight behind something
Example: It would really help influence the rest of the team if you would throw your weight behind this idea
20. To get a deal over the line
Example: Validating and affirming ideas can help to get a deal over the line
Good luck with your negotiations!
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