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Sarcasm in the Workplace April 7, 2009

Posted by lyndastucky in Communication.
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Sarcasm in the workplace exists at every level of management.  Americans sometimes make comments that aren’t sincere or are meant to be a little degrading.  In order to be sarcastic, we adjust our vocal tone and perhaps our facial expression.  Try saying, “great” sarcastically.  Notice what you do with your pitch to sound sarcastic.  For non-native English (and often native) listeners, sarcasm may not be evident because the cues are too subtle.  The sarcastic comment leaves the listener confused or wondering about the intention.  Watch for sarcasm in your speech to avoid misunderstanding and degrading remarks.  Try saying the same word “great” in a motivating and inspiring way.

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