Have you ever walked into a company-related social gathering and noticed right away that handsome, tall guy with a killer smile? An hour later you bump into him and start some small talk. While you’re mesmerized talking to him, you begin to get distracted by his negative comments. With every passing minute, the guy standing in front of you is looking less attractive than you had originally imagined. Why? It’s simple: his choice of words.
What we say can hurt us. If you’re coming from a mental place of fear or deficiency, your language will likely reflect that. Words can have the power to motivate and inspire, or create doubt and fear.
Words You Should Avoid at All Costs
Don’t let your mental chatter color your spoken language. There is a powerful link between your thoughts, emotions and actions -- a feedback loop that can make you feel like a millionaire or like a big-time loser. So watch your thinking before you speak.
Here are some practical tips on confident speaking:
We leave you with a common icebreaker exercise: “Choose three words to describe yourself.” Reminder: Think before you speak.
Angélica Pérez-Litwin is the creative force behind New Latina, an online destination for Latina women that centers on personal growth, bicultural lifestyle and career advancement. She’s been a practicing psychologist for the past 16 years.
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