Never use this word ever….
Seriously, never use the word but…, ever because there are good alternatives that are close to the same meaning; and allow you to keep the discussion, project or debate going. You know how it goes “I agree with you, blah, blah, blah, but…“. Yvonne has often said to me, straight after “so you don’t agree, really”, and of course she is somewhat correct, but…
So my favorite three words I try to use instead (requiring so effort, change of sentence and mindset) are:
Okay, the last is a cheat, but it works. It truly builds consensus and rapport, try it sometime…and although it requires extra thought and practice, I believe the results are worth it