7 words confident coworkers never use at work (and 3 they always say)
September 16,2020 at 7:38PM UTC (Edited)
Being more confident at work starts with the language you're using to present yourself — whether that's in a meeting, over slack, or in an email! Here are 7 words confident coworkers never use at work, and three they always say.
This can minimize your authority and can make you appear apologetic, even if you're trying to be humble.
A confident person isn't afraid to say no if they know they aren't able to complete something.
While confident people always try their best at everything they do, they're focusing on "doing" rather than just "trying."
Confident people set boundaries, but they don't say they can't do something — they say they don't have the bandwidth, or they explain why something else might work instead.
Like "can't", "never" isn't in confident people's vocabularies because they're open and willing to try anything, even if it means failure.
Confident people admit they're wrong when they've made a mistake, but they don't apologize when they're asking for what they need.
While we all need time to think, confident people stray away from using space-filler words like "um" and instead ask for a moment to reflect.
If confident coworkers don't use these words, what do they use? Here are three of the best confidence-boosting words to use:
"Will" is an action verb that asserts your strengths and indicates that you will get the job done.
2. Yes — and no.
Confident people are decisive. They know what to prioritize and when to sent boundaries.
Working collaboratively is an important skill, especially for a confident coworker who wants to lift their teammates up. While they can work independently, they also discuss how to reach company goals together.
What words do you avoid to make you sound confident at work? What do you say or write instead?
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