Be forewarned, this is a full-on rant that probably has no redeeming marketing communications value. But at least it’s about communications. I HATE, repeat HATE the expressions, “I don’t disagree” and “we agree to disagree.”
I don’t disagree? Why not say, I agree? Imprecision in language makes me mental; unless you’re trying to be vague or you really don’t agree, which I suspect is the case for most usage of this stupid phrase. “Yeah, I don’t disagree but deep down I don’t really agree with you but I’m trying not to ruffle feathers.” Just say what’s on your mind. And say it efficiently and succinctly.
We agree to disagree. I don’t think so. Where does that leave both parties? In disagreement. Plus, I haven’t agreed to disagree. Those are your words, not mine. I would never tell a client we agree to disagree. Unless you want to leave the issue unresolved. And it’s kind of insulting to presuppose that the other party is OK with that outcome. Work it out and move on. Life is short.
I welcome all comments from those of you who agree to disagree or maybe from those who don’t disagree. Can we agree on that?
— Kevin Flynn