Tami Reiss, entrepreneur and CEO of software consulting firm Cyrus Innovation, made it her 2016 resolution to eliminate qualifying words such as "just," "sorry," and "I think" from her email vocabulary. Reiss isn't limiting her goal to her own inbox, she's made it her mission to help other women pledge to ban these words from their emails as well with her new Chrome plugin called Just Not Sorry. The add-on, which Reiss created with Cyrus Innovation team members Steve Brudz and Manish Kakwani, is part of the company's Female Founder Initiative.
Just Not Sorry underlines self-demeaning or qualifying words and phrases like "I think" or "just" like a Word document underlines misspelled words. Reiss told CNNMoney, "We hope this extension changes how people communicate."
"I am queen of the 'Does this make sense?'" Reiss told Slate. After recognizing her own self-deprecating tendency and the inadvertent powerless language of her female coworkers, Reiss tried to find a way to change workplace communication. "When someone uses one of these qualifiers, it minimizes others confidence in their ideas," Reiss wrote on Medium. "Whether you're persuading an investor to provide funding, announcing a change in direction to your colleagues, or promoting your services to a client, you are building their confidence in you."
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