Communication Tip #47
Select a word you overuse and start collecting a list of alternative words that specifically define your thoughts–and use those words.
A friend of mine’s fall-back word was “awesome.” Realizing that, he substituted “phenomenal”–still relying on a “knee-jerk” response.
Now he is vocabulary focused and mentally searches for the appropriate, engaging words for “awesome” or “phenomenal”–words such as remarkable, fascinating, exquisite, memorable, etc.
It takes a few seconds longer, but it puts the speaker–not the listener–in control of defining the words.
On the back of my business cards and on my website are some alternative suggestions for the words “awesome” and “cool.” I have affixed that list to my car’s visor. Red lights are now vocabulary-enriching times.