How to agree and disagree politely in meetings? | Business Eglish

A good debate would almost always be a part of a meeting, however sometimes using wrong language can lead to conflict. What should you do if you disagree with your partner? Should you just say "I don't agree with you!", wouldn't that sound too direct and a bit rude?

In this post I will show you some useful phrases that you should remember to sound more professional in your meetings in case you start debating with your partners.
First of all, let's take a look at different ways you can agree with your partner.
Instead of just saying "yes" and "I agree with you", you can use the following phrases:

Phrases for general agreement
  • You’re right.
  • I’d go along with that.
  • True.
  • That makes sense.
  • Good point.

Sometimes you would want to show that you completely agree with your partner. In such case, you can say the following:

Agreeing completely
  • I completely agree with you!
  • Exactly!
  • 100 percent!
  • I absolutely agree!
  • I totally agree with you!

Sometimes just agreeing and listening is not enough to have an engaging discussion. To be a good business communicator, you have to be an active listener. To show your partner that you are interested in the conversation use these phrases:

Showing understanding
  • I see.
  • I see what you mean.
  • I understand your point.
  • I understand how you feel.
  • I see your point.

Finally, it's important to show professionalism and good conduct if you disagree with you partner. For that, I advise you to remember the following phrases:

Disagreeing politely
  • I see your point, but…
  • I’m not quite sure I agree with you…
  • I understand how you feel, but…
  • I beg to differ…
  • That might be true, but…
  • I’m afraid I have to disagree with you.
  • I’m not sure that’s completely true.
  • I’m not sure about that.

And here is a bonus phrase in case if your debate doesn't reach any consensus, you can simply say "let's agree to disagree". This phrase means that you accept that neither of you is going to change the other person's mind.
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