If you’ve lived long enough, you’ve experienced the painful effects of inconsiderate remarks, as well as the pleasure of praise and you know that words have the power to either build-up or tear-down.
Growing your level of personal success and influence can be as easy as planting a few seeds of success in others by choosing the right words.
A recent video post by Avery Blank on Forbes.com lists 7 Common Words Powerful People Avoid, creatively communicating the power and influence of words many of us use on a daily basis – without even thinking twice. These are not necessarily ‘bad’ words, rather, as the video points out, they are simply used in ways that:
- Downplay the importance of your message
- Create unwelcomed drama
- Don’t add value to what you are saying
- Undermine your authority
- Suggest a lack of personal confidence
- Cause others to feel uninformed, belittled
- Cause frustration
You Have the Power to Change How You Communicate
Rudyard Kipling is credited with saying, “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” Nations are inspired, products are launched, teams are built, and relationships are ended – or mended – all by words.
The tone of your voice can also determine how your words are received by the listener.
People will be either persuaded or offended by the simplest word, depending on when and how it is delivered.
Think about what you are saying and how you are communicating:
- Do you put others feelings ahead of your own?
- Do you put others down without meaning to?
- Do you purposefully add drama with your words?
- Do you get the results you desire with your words?
We live in a society of differences. Different cultures, ideals, beliefs, and – yes – differing opinions on all of it. By working to change how you communicate and carefully choosing your words, you have the power to positively impact the differences within your workplace while improving the level of success enjoyed by all.
That’s also powerful!
Do you want more success in your business? What can you say to inspire your coworkers and encourage them to work toward this goal?
Do you want the respect you feel you deserve? How can you influence greater respect in the workplace with your choice of words and tone of voice?
Do you want others to change? Leaders inspire others to change not only by what they say – but by their actions. Choose the right words, at the right time, and follow up with the right actions – every time.
You can choose to continue to ‘reap what you sow’ – or you can choose to change things up and ‘sow what you want to reap’. But if you’re ready to start planting seeds of success in your own life and the lives of others – CLICK HERE to get started NOW!