Words to avoid to have more impact

Sue Willcock Food for Thought Comments

Altering your language is just one way you can have more impact, instantly.

One of the practical tips that our coaching clients have found most useful recently is to stop using certain words so I thought I would share them.

There’s no magic to them – if you want to sound more assertive when talking to people, simply reduce your use of these ‘weak words‘.

Try it for yourself by reading theses sentences with and without the weak words – you’ll instantly see what I mean.

Stop using…

Just “I’m just the project manager”
Try “I’ll try to have it to you by tonight”
Only “I’m only an assistant”
Think “I think we should do this” (try “We should do this” or “I believe we should do this”)
Perhaps “Perhaps we could do this?”
Possibly “We could possibly try”
I am afraid… “I am afraid that won’t work.”

Try them out and do let us know how you get on.

About the Author

Sue Willcock

I began my career as a Chartered Surveyor but, after moving into management roles that included a Partnership role at EC Harris LLP working with the then CEO, I realised that the thing I loved most about work was helping others develop. With this in mind, I set up Chaseville in 2009 to help individuals and teams develop and reach their full potential. As Director of Chaseville, I design and implement programmes for 12-250 people and support HR departments and CEOs with their people projects. I am based in Chester and work across the UK.

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