Great One Liners

Idea 8Have you ever stopped and thought about how you communicate with people? Are there certain lines you use all of the time to make an impact? Are there certain phrases you find yourself using to make a point?

Well I read a great article on “business one liners” posted on Lifehack.org by Mike St. Pierre who has a great blog called The Daily Saint . These are not comedy one liners, but lines that make you stand out. These one liners are simple phrases that make a significant impact on the listener and generate results.

Here are 8 one liners from this article that you might want to consider adding to your repertoire. Think about what works best and when to use it to make your conversations memorable. Some might sound corny as you read them, but perhaps you can edit them for your own delivery.

  • Susan, Susan Thompson. The repetition of your first name twice is very effective. This subtle repetition of one key name (and it might be your last name that you want folks to remember) plants it firmly in the mind of the person you are shaking hands with or speaking to on the phone.
  • I’ve heard some great things about you. We all like to be famous, even if it’s fleeting or with a small group of people. Letting someone know that they’re liked by others is an important way of getting them to like you. They become instantly curious as if to say, “Can I have a list of those great things?”
  • I’m looking forward to that. Following up a conversation is very important and one of the easiest one liners involves leading your audience towards a goal. If it’s a follow up lunch a week later, I’m looking forward to that. If it’s a negotiation before the end of the fiscal year, I’m looking forward to that. This simple one liner lets others know that you value relationships over routine acts.
  • Leave your name and phone, speaking slowly enough for me to write it down. This is a great one for phone messages and while it sounds corny, it works.
  • I’m not sure about that but I think we can do this. The that-this dynamic is effective not only because it acknowledges the other’s perspective but it gives them something concrete and doable. Just because something isn’t a person’s first option doesn’t mean it’s a bad one.
  • I think we have something in common. Nothing forms bonds better than something held in common. Food, geography, people, cars- whatever it takes to find a connection. Don’t go overboard with your follow up but let the other person know that you have something in common and it’s ok to briefly touch on it.
  • Let’s strike while the iron is hot! Rather than a lukewarm offer to get together “at some point”, strike while the iron is hot and put it on the calendar today. Few things speak of productivity better than someone who can turn a wish into a workable situation.
  • Let me see if I understand where you’re coming from. You may find yourself in the middle of a conversation, a debate or even a fight- slow things down with this great one liner. It works every time because it tells the other person that you care enough to report back what you’ve just heard.

Here are a few I use.

“I know how you feel and you are not alone, but I have found…”
“The thing you said that stands out in my mind…”
“I am glad you mentioned that.”

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