Switch up Your Speech

The average person speaks about 10,000 words in a day. Here are a few phrases that can really make your 10,000 words count, in work and in life.

“Here’s what I’m thinking.”

This one is big for people in positions of authority, because it explains rather than tells. Let others know what’s on your mind, back up your opinions with reasoning and logic, and actively listen to what others are thinking, too.

“I was wrong.”

You may feel disappointed, inadequate, and even less respected if things don’t go as you planned, but people will respect you more if you’re able to admit when you’re wrong.

“That was awesome.”

A little praise goes a long way. Don’t let great things go unnoticed!

“You’re welcome.”

When you are thanked, or complimented or praised, make it about the other person too. Let them know you were happy to help.

 “Can you help me?”

Too many people are afraid to ask for help. Asking for help shows vulnerability and a desire to listen and learn. Nothing bad here.

“I’m sorry.”

We all make mistakes. It’s how we learn and grow from them that really counts. So when you do mess up, own it, say you’re sorry, and start fresh.

“Can you show me?”

Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll never go hungry (as long as there are fish nearby).

“Let me give you a hand.”

An honest offer to help goes a long way.

“I love you.”

When you mean it, say it and say it often.


Always consider how the words you’re about to speak will impact the person you’re talking to, whether it’s a coworker, an employee or a friend. It might be best to say nothing at all.

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