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Just Not Sorry

Highlight 'weak' words so you can edit them out

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Gillian Morris
Hunter
It's not often a new product comes along that completely changes my behavior for the better. Just Not Sorry is a genius Chrome extension I've been trying out that highlights words/phrases people often use that undermine their message, so I can edit them out before I send an email like 'if I could just please have a moment of your time, I actually think I've got something valuable to say...' Backstory: it's no secret that some people (ok, mostly women) tend to qualify their message. Maybe they're humble. Maybe they're not totally confident. Maybe they've been conditioned by society to tone down what they say to avoid being seen as bitchy or demanding. (we've all seen the WaPo article on 'Famous Quotes, the way a woman would have to say them during a meeting, right?) This extension reminds me of Hemingway Editor by @adam_b_long but it catches your writing as you're doing it in your gmail compose box rather than having to copy/paste it into another website. (hint hint: would love a similar functionality for Hemingway Editor..) This was made by the team at @cyrusinnovation led by @tamireiss with inspiration/support from @ES_entrepreneur @saritwish and @karasilverman. I hope you check it out and pledge to have a #justNOTsorry 2016!
Tami Reiss
Maker
@gillianim I couldn't have said it better myself! Full backstory here https://medium.com/cyrusite-chatter/just-not-sorry-the-backstory-33f54b30fe48#.f9xgzx4v1 with shoutouts to the blogs that inspired it.
Adam Long
@tamireiss This is brilliant. I use "just" all the time in my writing. @gillianim Thanks for the suggestion. It would definitely be cool to suggest Hemingway issues inside Gmail.
Tami Reiss
Maker
@adam_b_long thanks! we like to say "simple is smart" and "kaizen - small changes lead to big impacts"
Ben Tossell
Interesting... @tamireiss how does it work? Where is the info gathered to determine what is a 'weak' word? Have there/could there be issues with misinterpretation of words depending on how they are written in an email?
Johnny Quach
@bentossell I have similar questions. I use phrases like "sorry but" and "if you can" because I'd like to not sound too demanding. I'm a manager and I've been managed before. I really dislike people just sending commands. So for my personal purpose I use "softer" words to intro aggravating request.
Tami Reiss
Maker
@johnnyquachy @bentossell There's a difference between sending a command and being too apologetic and coming off as weaker than you should. "Sorry to bother you, but can you get this done." won't get as good of a response as "It's a priority for our team to have this done, based on the other items on your plate, when do you think you'll complete it?" These "softer" words can be helpful, but we are over using them. Here's the background: http://www.taramohr.com/2013/09/2-little-ways-we-sabotage-ourselves/ and http://www.fastcompany.com/3049609/the-future-of-work/4-types-of-useless-phrases-you-need-to-eliminate-from-your-emails
Johnny Quach
@tamireiss @bentossell Maybe you were just using a rough example but "Sorry to bother you, but can you get this done." to "It's a priority for our team to have this done, based on the other items on your plate, when do you think you'll complete it?" Aren't these two sentences completely different? If the plug-in can change my sentence that much it's pretty impressive! Though I think the first sentence is fairly "weak" I think the second sentence is over prioritizings your own needs over the person you're asking.
Tami Reiss
Maker
@johnnyquachy @bentossell it doesn't change your sentence, just brings awareness that you are using a weaker word and probably undermining your message. You get to choose how you correct the sentence to have a stronger statement.
Gillian Morris
Hunter
I would say my only problem with this is that there's no mobile version - is there any way to build extensions on top of native apps yet? Seems inevitable there will be one of there isn't already..
Tami Reiss
Maker
@gillianim we opensourced the code here: bit.ly/just-not-sorry-code so that people could add trigger phrases and use similar tools on other browsers and email clients.
@jongold
Ahhhh I love this. Been trying to cultivate a habit of removing qualifiers from my work messaging recently - thanks so much for sharing!
Tami Reiss
Maker
@jongold Awesome! we hope that this tool helps you continue to cultivate that even when you aren't being conscious of it.
kara silverman
Sorry, but I just think this is important to share with the world. May we all sound smarter and stronger in 2016.
Tami Reiss
Maker
@karasilverman Yes!
Luis Solano
It has a list of seven warnings (https://github.com/cyrusinnovation/just-not-sorry/blob/master/src/Warnings.js), but it should be easy to extend. Please note that it uses Google Analytics for tracking (https://github.com/cyrusinnovation/just-not-sorry/commit/1b231c7d76665882d64b3e6491c07d58d3c5ff3d), and even tho it's used only once (https://github.com/cyrusinnovation/just-not-sorry/blob/master/src/background.js#L4-L7) and it only sends anonymous info, that is also easy to change 😁 Tracking can be disabled in the options panel of the extension but yet again... that can easily be ignored. Privacy is important, just take it into account!
Tami Reiss
Maker
@luisobo yes Luis we open sourced it so that others could add to it and use similar tools for other mail clients. The ONLY thing that we track is that a download has occurred. We want to know what demographic of people download it, that's it. We don't track anything else, not the emails, not even how often these words are typed and corrected because we don't want to invade anyone's privacy.
Luis Solano
@tamireiss @luisobo the idea is great and I appreciate the privacy policy and that it is open source. It'd be better to mention the tracking and/or the privacy policy on the Chrome Store and the web.
Tami Reiss
Maker
Hi, I'm Tami the creator of Just Not Sorry. We created this free Gmail plug-in to help everyone stop getting in their own way. Phrases like "just" and "sorry" have been proven to undermine your message and diminish confidence in the reader. We wrote up the entire backstory here (https://medium.com/cyrusite-chatter/just-not-sorry-the-backstory-33f54b30fe48#.3cezxe3qx) The goal is to have 10000 people sign the pledge to stop using these words and send more effective emails in 2016.
Kostas Xiradakis
@tamireiss Hey. Great work. Will it still work with Inbox by Google or is it only for Gmail? Thanks :)
Tami Reiss
Maker
@kostgx it currently only works on Gmail and Google Apps on Chrome, but if it's a hit, we'll expand it.
Shaun Russell
@tamireiss Would be very interested in using this for Inbox, as well as other communication apps like Slack.
Tami Reiss
Maker
@tamireiss Update - we've been downloaded 8000 times in the past two days!!! Covered in Slate, Inc, Business Insider, and Women2.0 (among others) We can't thank the @producthunt community enough as we know so much of our success was seeded here.
Ryan Hoover
Love this. Last night I read this Medium post/comic by @iantang, Start saying "Thank You" instead of "Sorry".
Tami Reiss
Maker
@rrhoover yup! that post is part of the backstory we put up on Medium and will be a @buffer @pablo tweet later today
Haichen Wang
@rrhoover Wow that cartoon really drove the point home. I wouldn't use an extension like this because I think a softer email suits my offline persona better but that cartoon will stick with me.
Cole Mercer
This is a great idea! Nicely done.
Tami Reiss
Maker
@colemercer Thanks!!!
Josh Chen
sorry, I can't help myself and make this one https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/9338310/Picture/JNS.png
Sumeet Shah
Always a big fan of anything @tamireiss does. This is beyond phenomenal.
Tami Reiss
Maker
@pe_feeds Thanks!!!
Lynn Fredricks
This looks extremely helpful if you are not already sensitized enough to self correct for western style, English language business communication. Look at it this way - you are not committed to whatever alternative it generates, yet it sets you thinking about how you might want to adjust your communication strategy. There isn't a downside to that.
Tami Reiss
Maker
@lynnfredricks we couldn't agree more!
Leo Moravtchik
Terrific! though I love the name right now, when I first read it it kinda took me off subject...
Tami Reiss
Maker
@moravtchik Good to know... We'll keep it for right now, my idea is that if it intrigues you that's good.
Ryan Merket
I'm no expert, but it just seems that this could be a big deal some day. Sorry in advance!
Tami Reiss
Maker
@merket haha. Glad we could make you laugh
Sarit Wishnevski
Using this extension has been mind-opening and has led to writing exponentially better emails. Thanks @tamireiss and @cyrusinnovation! It's also made me realize that I had never used the word "just" correctly in an email. Ever. Sorry, just had to share.
Tami Reiss
Maker
Woot! We have had 1500 people sign the #justNOTsorry pledge in the last 8 hours ! Thanks for the support
Michelle Tandler
Downloaded! So excited to try it!
Tami Reiss
Maker
@michelletandler Awesome! Please tell us what you think
Kumar Thangudu
This is a good heuristic for all communications: http://bit.ly/goodcomms . Eliminates wasteful communication and strengthens intent.
Tami Reiss
Maker
@datarade We couldn't agree more! Can you add www.justnotsorry.com to the post?
Kumar Thangudu
@tamireiss @datarade not my blog post.
Mihir Patel
@tamireiss I saw this post by @gillianim and had to consider exploring Just Not Sorry tool. I use her app Hitlist which changed my behavior of how I book my airline tickets. One of my goals is to write short and easy to read emails. I am really excited to make this my go-to tool.
Gillian Morris
Hunter
@mihirchronicles @tamireiss you guys are too kind! May @Hitlist_app send you on many wonderful journeys soon.
Tami Reiss
Maker
@mihirchronicles Awesome! Glad to hear it. I'm a HUGE fan of @hitlistapp too
Tami Reiss
Maker
We had 2000 people sign up on Day 1! Let's get to 10,000 by NYE
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