I was facilitating a meeting when one of the participants said, “I didn’t have a choice.”
Really? You really didn’t have another choice?
When someone says they didn’t have a choice, it means they didn’t like the other choices. Or maybe they didn’t even think about the other choices.
Yet there are always other options. (Oh! That’s another word that triggers a response…”Always!” Okay, 99 times out of a hundred, there are usually other options….)
So when you say (or hear someone saying) “I didn’t have a choice,” take a moment to consider different alternatives to that choice.
You might be surprised!
KRISTIN ARNOLD, MBA, CPF, CSP is a high stakes meeting facilitator and professional panel moderator. She’s been facilitating teams of executives and managers in making better decisions and achieving greater results for over 20 years. She is the author of the award-winning book, Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve and Inspire Audiences to Action.
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