Waiting for someone to say, “What did you say I didn’t understand you” is not a beneficial strategy for effective communication for a number of reasons.

  1. You have lost your audiences’ attention as they mentally flip through their language files to try to understand what has been said.
  2. It is possible to convey a message different from the one intended
  3. The confusion caused by the communication disruption can erode self-confidence
  4. People may perceive you as knowing less than you do or perceive you as being less intelligent.