Language is important. Choosing the right words that deliver your message effectively is imperative. As professional wordsmiths, we know firsthand the importance of developing a strong vocabulary, and we take pride in sounding professional and confident. These skills will not only help you during your job hunt but are lifelong skills that will benefit you throughout your career when speaking professionally and in life.

Today, let’s chat about a few things you should avoid when speaking in a professional environment.

Avoid using too many words

Using too many words when speaking can be overwhelming and hard to follow. You want to ensure you are speaking concisely and efficiently. Often, when we are nervous, we tend to feel the need to fill the empty space. However, do not be afraid of the quiet. Get directly to your point and avoid using phrases that are distracting. You do not need extra words to sound professional.

Avoid filler words

Some examples of filler words include: kind of like, like, you know, sort of, and so. These words hold little value and do not add to the conversation. They are often used in casual settings but should be avoided in the workplace and during an interview. Filler words can make you sound less confident; be certain of what you are saying.

Avoid bad habits

Words that are repeated out of habit can be exhausting. Examples can include: basically, technically, actually, and quite frankly. Most people use these words without realizing, but they don’t add value to your message. These words can become distracting and should be avoided as much as possible.

Avoid disclaimers

Disclaimers are statements that decrease the value of what you are saying. For example: this may sound silly, or I am sure this is not a good idea, but. These types of statements signal to others that your contribution has less value. Express your thought, without devaluing your idea. Your contributions are not limited, so be sure that your words don’t limit you or diminish your worth when speaking professionally.

A quick tip to help avoid these common habits is to practice inserting a pause in their place. You can do this by saying the word, pause, out loud at first; then learn to say it in your head. Eventually, it will become natural to replace unnecessary words with a silent pause.

Do not let these habits stand in your way! We are here to help. If you need assistance with writing your resume, or interview advice, please reach out to our team. You can also learn more Tips & Advice from our blog!