Sorry, but Gmail's New Plug-in Isn't Just for Women

Are you constantly apologizing for yourself, or selling your bad self short -- even in the workplace? There's an app for that. There's a new Gmail plug-in that will scan your emails for indecisive, wishy-washy language, and alert you to change it to something more assertive.


Cyrus Innovation built a Gmail plugin called "Just Not Sorry," and it's aimed to help people overcome their tendencies to soften their language so as not to appear "rude."

The idea comes from CEO Tami Reiss, who felt the need to develop the plug-in when she was at a brunch for the League for Extraordinary Women. She realized that women at the event were softening their speech, and wrote, "We had all inadvertently fallen prey to a cultural communication pattern that undermined our ideas. As entrepreneurial women, we run businesses and lead teams -- why aren't we writing with the confidence of their positions?"

That's a good question, and not just one for women. Although it's more typical for women to apologize for existing, or second-guess their goals, it happens to a lot of men too.

This program will scan your emails, point out any wishy-washy talk, and encourage you to rephrase yourself. Here's an example of what it might point out:

Isn't that genius? When you have a good idea, or knowledge that others need to know, why apologize for it? Why question your expertise in any given area?

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This is an amazing tool, not just for women but for any people who ever feel the need to talk down about themselves. We are all individuals, and we all have something to contribute. You don't have to put yourself down to be polite. Be firm, be clear, be articulate, and be your awesome self.


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