Sometimes, our words just don’t come out as intended. Rather than just hoping that the other person won’t notice or will receive your message despite the wording, admit it.
“Sorry, that didn’t come out right.” “That is not what I meant to say.” “That came out wrong.”
Then continue, “Let me try that again.” “Let me rephrase it.” The words “Let me…” signals to the listener that you understand that you’re asking for their patience as you reframe your thoughts.
As necessary, take the time to gather your words before restating your original thoughts in different words.