By Staff

8 Opening lines that guarantee the rest of the conversation is definitely going downhill…

I was recently watching a documentary on the now defunct Fyre Festival. It was about a Guy who had an idea to host an ultra exclusive music festival in a tropical location. The only problem was he didn’t know what the hell he was doing and he got all the funding for the festival by defrauding his investors. Needless to say, he’s now in prison. But one particular scene stood out for me, he asked one the people involved in the festival to “take one for the team.” Sounds like an innocent request but to my surprise it wasn’t. Here is the clip I’m speaking of, you can see for yourself.

Andy was committed and indeed a team player, most of us are not like Andy. But this got me thinking, when someone starts a conversation with certain opening lines, things can only go down from there. This is a list of some of those lines:

1. “Me and the team were talking”
2. “I’m going to need for you to take one for the team”
3. “In your Heart of Hearts”
4. “I didn’t mean to throw you under the bus but”
5. “We really need to talk”
6. “Before you say no, hear me out”
7. “It’s really no big deal but”
8. “I hate to be the one who tells you this but”

Bonus Phrase: "Normally, I don't do this but"

Nothing good ever happens after these opening statements. So if you’re ever confronted you with these lines be prepared for disappointment or you could be like Andy and take one for the team.