I don’t know when I started noticing it, but the phrase “You know what’s really interesting…” begins an awful lot of sentences, and most of the time that I find people using it, I’d be inclined to disagree with them. I’d rate it in my top ten pet peeves at the moment.The problem I have isn’t the notification or even the content (sometimes it IS interesting). It’s the basis for communication. If you have to alert your listener to something that is interesting, that implies rather heavily that a lot of what you say is not interesting. If you can’t hold their interest, then you aren’t doing your job as a communicator. It’s another in a long line of phrases that tell people that you’re going to tell them something or . Just tell them. If you don’t have anything to say, do everyone a favor and don’t say anything. Trim your message to the things that provide value to your listener and the need to tell them when you have something interesting fades right away.
Tell them. Don’t tell them you’re going to tell them.
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