Used sparingly, they are not an issue. The problem arises when it becomes an ingrained habit to make ourselves smaller than we are or should be.
On my watch list to minimise and eliminate:
- I'm not sure (what anyone else thinks), but...
- I'm no expert, but...
- I'm just asking/checking in/suggesting/following up
- Sorry for the delayed response...
- I think that
- Am I making sense?
Using these words and phrases is a deeply ingrained habit, and it's not going to change overnight. But let's face it - life's tough enough as it is, without us making it any tougher for ourselves.