Resource 11: Advocacy Sentence Starters


Advocacy Sentence Starters

This guide will help you translate what you are thinking into clear questions and comments, even when you are feeling nervous or uncomfortable advocating for yourself on the spot. The goal isn’t to use all of the starters – pick a few that work for you and memorize them as your “go-to” statements or questions.

Inner Voice Sentence Starters
Situations of Confusion
“I’m confused.”
  • “Can you clarify what you mean by…”
  • “Can you give me an example of…”
  • “Tell me more about…”
“I don’t know how to answer that person’s question.”
  • “Can you elaborate on your question?”
  • “When you ask that, do you mean…?”
  • “What would be the most helpful way to approach that question?”
  • “I am just answering from my own experience, but when I hear that question I think…”
“Wait…I lost track of what we were talking about.”
  • “Can you reiterate your point?”
  • “Wait, I didn’t quite catch that. Can you say that last point?”
  • “I want to make sure I got that right. Can you recap?”
  • “So, just to summarize…(state what you do remember and then ask them to fill in the blanks)”
Relating or Changing the Subject
“That person’s idea makes me think about something similar.”
  • “Your point makes me think about…”
  • “I love what you just said. It brings up something similar….”
  • “I agree. What do you think about situations where…”
“I have a different idea that I want to talk about.”
  • “What you are saying just made me think about…”
  • “That’s interesting because ______. On a different note…”
  • “I hope you don’t mind changing the subject, but…”
  • “Speaking of….(link to your ideal topic)”
Difference of Opinion
“I don’t really agree with what that person just said.”
  • “Why do you think…”
  • “But what if….”
  • “To play devil’s advocate…”
  • “On the flip side…”
  • “But what is more important: ___ or ____?”
“I want to point out a different perspective about the issue.”
  • “Why would…”
  • “Why should it be true that…”
  • “What about situations where….”
  • “Let’s take a different angle. What about…”
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