Everything from your outfit and accessories to your demeanor and body language contributes to the unmistakable allure that is confidence. Naturally, what you say is a large part of that equation too. If your aim is to project confidence and capability, whether at work, on a date, or just in day-to-day life, Joel Garfinkle, career coach and author of Getting Ahead, suggests omitting a few words from your vocabulary.
"Filler words, including 'umm,' 'uh' and 'like' indicate you're not exactly sure what word you're going to say next, which makes you sound less confident," said Garfinkle, whose client list includes companies like Amazon, Google, and Starbucks, in an interview with Business Insider.
In that same vein, he also cautions against using weak words like "usually" and "often" in a professional context, as they "tell the listener you're not certain what you're saying is true and, in fact, are hedging your bet, just in case you're wrong."
Finally, Garfinkle also identified a few words and phrases that he feels have "lost their power" due to sheer overuse. "Phrases like 'state of the art' and 'cutting-edge' used to be reserved for truly groundbreaking innovation," he notes. "Today, these terms are used so often in marketing copy they've completely lost their impact."
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