Executive Presence: Speaking With Conviction – Working Voices

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Just (as in “I just want to suggest”)

To be clear, in everyday casual communication, there is nothing wrong with any of these words. But when you want to speak with conviction, the words you habitually choose, might be making you sound unsure or not confident.

There are times when I make suggestions, and times when I make recommendations. I’m deliberately choosing words that are effective to convey not just meaning, but how I want to be perceived.

Here is a tip. Be careful falling into a pattern of habitual apology. The word “Sorry” can be a valuable way of mending fences but if we’re constantly speaking from the platform of apology, being sorry for having a different opinion, and punctuating our speech with sorry, we can loose credibility.

It’s important to think about the words that you are going to use when conveying difficult messages, leading when the pressure’s on, and getting buy in, so choose your words carefully.

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