9 Things People Say At Work That Holds Them Back

What not to say...
What not to say...

Most people want to present themselves as a capable and confident member of the team; however, the words they choose often make or break that effort, without them even realizing it. These 9 tips can help anyone appear more competent and confident on the job and in life. Sound like anyone you know?

“I don’t know”
Sometimes this is the answer but saying so can make you appear to not only appear clueless, but it sounds like you don’t care. Some who cares, would say; “Good question; I don’t know, but I’ll find out.” .

“I have to ask my boss”
It’s great to keep your boss in the loop, but not so much it appears that you cannot make a decision. Offer to run the conversation by a couple of people on the team before moving forward and this will help present you as a seasoned team collaborator.

“I am the [insert junior level job title]”
If you don’t have a management-level job title, skip the title and introduce yourself with the department and company. “I work with the inside sales team at ABC Co. .”

“Very,” “Insanely,” “Extremely”
Professional Communications 101, leave out unnecessary adverbs and words that appear emotional or over the top. Be straightforward and fact-based to come across more experienced, competent, and confident.

“Hi, I’m Julie”
This introduction is perfect for social settings but makes you appear unsure of yourself professionally. Use your full name and why you are there to sound like you belong there.

“I” and “Me”
Studies show that those who use the words “I” and “me” more in their language tend to have lower social status and feel less powerful. Try wording communications to minimize “I” and use “we” to show you are a team player and not making yourself the issue.

“I’m available whatever time is convenient for you”
This can sound too open and flexible. To show more confidence, provide days and time ranges of when you are available.

“I hope to hear from you soon”
This can come across as desperately hoping to hear back. Better choices are “I look forward to discussing this” or “hearing from you.”

Using “like” all the time
Stop sounding like a teenager! Too many people of all ages have begun to use the word “like” way too many times in one sentence. It’s a terrible habit and it is spreads like a terrible virus making otherwise smart people sound ridiculous.

Whether someone is new to the workforce or have years of experience, it’s important for all of us to be aware of how we come across to others. By knowing what not to say, you’ll find people’s perception of you will change for the better.

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