Everybody would like to be seen as eloquent, intelligent and credible. Whether it’s through emails, telephone calls, interviews or meetings, we have a daily opportunity to encourage this goal or detract from it. To make certain you’re being sensed in the way you want, start eliminating these words from your professional vocabulary.
Honestly. Many job seekers use this word when they’re hung up on the way to kick off an interview response. But, beginning a sentence that way can give hiring managers the belief that maybe your previous responses weren’t so honest.
Just. This apparently simple word is often used but seldom desired. It also packs a large punch to detract from your credibility and confidence and negates from the importance of your message. Instead of sending an email that begins with”Just wanted to check in…” say”I am checking in on X, Y and Z.” The adjustment is small, but there’s a difference in the consequent impression you depart.
Matters. This really is a valueless word that can be replaced with more descriptive and meaningful expressions. Instead of”How are things going with our project?” A question positioned as”Can you discuss with an update on how our project timeline is progressing” is clearer and will likely offer you the actual answer you want. One more example: In an interview or cover letter, instead of saying”that there are several things that make me a great candidate,” state the things!
Sorry. How familiar does this sound –“Sorry, Wednesday does not work for me” Girls are the most common culprits in the overuse of this word, but everybody should quit apologizing for anything they are not sorry for. Offer an answer or counterpoint:”Wednesday is booked for me. Are you available Y or Z?” — and rescue the apologies for when you mean them.
Hopefully. In the workplace, don’t hope — deliver. Rather than”Hopefully, we’ll hear back about this by Monday,” say”I asked for an answer by Monday morning, and when I don’t hear back, I will follow up.”
Your address disfluencies. Everybody has these — it may be an exaggeration, ah, for example, right or’you know what I mean.’ These are the words or phrases used to fill dead air and end sentences, but they’re also validity killers. Further, these words are often said , meaning most individuals are unaware they’re using them. For my training clients, I always recommend they videotape themselves at least once during an interview prep or if practicing a demonstration. You will grab your”likes” and”ums” instantly and can start practicing talking without them.
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