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Thursday Mar 16, 2023
The Dirty Dozen Words & Phrases that Sabotage your Message: George Torok
Thursday Mar 16, 2023
Thursday Mar 16, 2023
If you knew the words can sabotage your message, would you stop using them?
Here's your opportunity to become aware and clean up your messages.
In this episode George Torok offers his insights about:
- Why you need to select your words thoughtfully
- What common phrases could you stop using to be better understood
- What are the perceptions that people might form based on your word choice
- Why it's important that the words you use are your choice, no excuses
- What are these 12 dirty phrases to stop using
George Torok is a specialist in communication skills. He coaches executives to deliver their message more successfully. That might be in conversation or presentation.
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Excerpts from this episode:
Let's review the dirty dozen words and phrases that sabotage your message. Take these words and phrases out of your messages, and you're more likely to be effective and successful when you speak. What are these Dirty Dozen?
The first category is the category of vague words, vagueness. And it's hard to come up with a vague word. If I tell you to come up with a vague word you probably it's difficult to come up with one because the concept itself vagueness does not help us think it does not help us see, what are the two biggest common mistakes of vagueness that people use.
They talk about stuff, get your stuff together, get your stuff, pick up your stuff. Well, what is stuff? What does stuff look like? What does stuff feel like? What does it smell like? When they say stuff? Do they mean your gear? Do they mean your books? Do they mean your materials? Do they mean the groceries?
What is the stuff? The only time that stuff is a good phrase is when you're talking about what you put in the turkey? Don't be a turkey stopped using stuff.
And the other one is things. And yes, there was a song from the sound of music. These are a few of my favourite things. And that case, it's okay. But other than that, stop using the word things. Why? Because again, what do you see?
What do you feel when you hear that word things? Oh, yeah, I really get it now. Now I understand. You're talking about things. It's vague. It doesn't tell us what you're talking about.
When you say things? What is it? You mean? Are you talking about benefits? Are you talking about products? Are you talking about problems? Are you talking about steps in a process? Are you talking about trucks? Are you talking about machinery? Are you talking about ideas?
Those are specific, and help people see and understand what you're talking about stuff and things are not clear. Get rid of them?
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And every once in a while, you can tune into one of these solo shows where I will offer you some of my insights.
Remember, if you want to get your message across, get rid of the dirty dozen words and phrases that sabotage your message so that you can deliver your intended message.
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I'm your host, George Torok
Your host is George Torok
George is a specialist in executive communication skills. That includes conversation and presentation. He’s fascinated by way we communicate and influence behaviors. He delivers training and coaching programs to help leaders and promising professionals deliver the intended message for greater success.
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