Ask and give opinions
In a meeting, it is important to know the language to give and receive opinions.
I (really) feel that…
In my opinion…
The way I see things…
If you ask me,
I tend to think that..
I’m convinced that…
It seems to me that…
I think …
If you want my honest opinion…
Asking for opinions
Do you (really) think that…
Sally, can we get your input?
How do you feel about…?
What do you think?
What’s your thought on this?
Would you like to give your opinion?
Does anyone have any opinions/comments on that?
Does anyone want to give us their views/ideas on this?
I would like to know your point of view.
Do you agree?
Commenting on other opinions
I never thought about it that way before.
I get your point.
I see what you mean.
That’s one way to look at it/things.
Agreeing with other opinions (from weak to strong agreements)
I guess so/you’re right.
I suppose that might be true.
I’m afraid I have to agree with Jane.
I couldn’t agree with you more.
Exactly! / That’s (exactly) the way I feel.
You’re absolutely right!
Disagreeing with other opinions (from weak to strong disagreements)
Do you think so?
I understand why you would feel that way but…
I’m not sure that I agree with…
Up to a point I agree with you, but…
(I’m afraid) I can’t agree with…
Sorry, but I completely disagree.
Try to avoid using strong negative words “terrible”or “awful” like when giving negative opinions. Instead replace them with not really very good or not really up to standard.
Your report on the situation was not really very good.
Your management of the project is not really up to standard.
Adding “not really”in front of positive words softens criticism
or use the words somewhat or a bit to soften it
Your participation in the project was a bit disappointing.
His management of conflict is somewhat unsatisfactory.
To have some tips on giving opinions in different cultures, please go to the section “Cultural Differences” here.