Don’t Let Weak Words Limit You

Pay close attention to your word choice. Re-read your emails. Without knowing it, you may be slipping in “weak words” that sabotage your credibility.

Weak language discredits you.

Weak language undermines your authority.

Weak language makes you sound like you’re seeking approval.

Weak Words and Phrases Must Go

  • I guess what we’re trying to do is
  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but
  • I’m not sure if it is or isn’t
  • I was wondering if
  • You might want to
  • Maybe we could
  • Kind of/Sort of
  • ____, right?
  • It feels like
  • Possibly
  • Just

Cute boy of school age lifting barbell above headInstead, use words that emit clarity, specificity, directness.

Declare your point of view. Ask for what you want. Take a risk.

Replace Weak Words With Stronger Alternatives

  •  Now
  • I can
  • I will
  • I expect
  • My plan is
  • I recommend
  • I’m convinced
  • I’m confident that
  • My assumption is
  • The benefits include
  • The pros and cons of x are

What message are your words sending?

Uncertain and wishy-washy?

Or influential and powerful?

Marta Steele is a partner @People_Results. Connect with her on Twitter@MartaSteele.