Avoiding Powerless Language

When speaking, the way you deliver your message is just as (if not more) important as the content of the message. This video discusses the importance of using powerful language while speaking. When you avoid powerless language, you appear more confident and your message has more impact.


· Why is it important to be confident when asking questions?

· What are tag questions and hedges?

· How can I avoid using powerless language?

· How can I appear more confident and powerful when speaking?

· How does your nonverbal communication send a message to your audience?


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(sigh) Do I look powerful? Would you want to listen to me? Heck no you wouldn’t! You want to listen to speakers that are confident. So just as your body language sends a message so do your words. Powerless language is a problem and here’s two ways to avoid it.

First, we’ll talk about hedges and then tag questions. Hedges are when you’re not getting to your point effectively. “Well, I guess we could go do this” or “I think that might work” or “Maybe this is a good solution”. Trim those hedges. Get rid of those maybes. Get rid of those “shoulds” and get rid of those “I thinks”. Go straight to the point.

The other way, tag you’re it! Get rid of those tag questions at the end. You deliver this powerful message and then all of a sudden “Well, does that make sense?” or “Do you guys think that works?” No. Be confident in your message and don’t tag on those questions at the end. That makes that message not as powerful as it could be if you confidently stated what you’re trying to tell your audience.

So avoiding hedges and getting rid of tag questions will make your language more powerful and get rid of your powerlessness.


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