The words you choose to use at work should convey your thoughts and intentions, but also your respect for co-workers.
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Phrases You Should Eliminate from Your Vocabulary at Work

The words you choose to use at work should convey your thoughts and intentions, but also your respect for co-workers.

The language and vocabulary you adopt not only differ from one working environment to another, but are also very important in terms of the message you want to send to your co-workers.

The words or phrases you  use convey your thoughts, intentions and respect towards your colleagues, partners or clients; they are part of the way you communicate. Your language defines who you are and, more importantly, your social interactions, so choosing your words carefully can determine the quality of your professional relationships.

Here are some phrases you should avoid:

  • It’s not fair
  • Sorry, but…
  • This is the way it’s always been done
  • It’s not my fault
  • I’ll try and do this
  • Does that make sense?
  • That’s not my job
  • I can’t
  • You’re wrong
  • Anything with a curse word
  • I know what I’m talking about

 

Within the working environment words truly matter because they have the power to inspire, motivate and educate. When you are on the job what you say and the way you say it can make a difference to how you are perceived. Everybody can improve the way they communicate at work through confidence, respect and credibility.

Communication skills, both in your personal and professional life can literally walk you up the ladder to success and knowing what to say at work is crucial – not only when it comes to your boss.

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