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PEAS or Qs?

Have you ever wanted to sound a little more authoritative yet remain polite? Saying ‘sit down please’ when you really want to instruct the person to ‘just sit down’, maybe even through gritted teeth knowing the response you wished for was unlikely?

Perhaps saying please when asking someone to ‘speak up (please)’, ‘turn the music down (please)’, or ‘do your homework (please)’.

Yet when you think about it, please is simply a polite ‘request’ isn’t it?

Now hear yourself contrast ‘read this now please’ with read this now, thank you’

Because thank you suggests to the mind that completion has happened or is about to occur!

Make sure the intonation has a downward inflection too. In fact maybe the inflection may be more powerful than the words spoken …


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