Words are important
There are over 500,000 words in the English language. Here are the 15 that are most important. Tweet This
The power of words cannot be underestimated.
A deeper vocabulary can help you be more expressive, more succinct, and even more respected.
Words can motivate and inspire people, but they can also anger and and frustrate folks. This is because every word has a denotation and a connotation. While the denotation is the dictionary definition, the connotation is what everyone thinks the word means.
A word’s connotation may be more important than the dictionary definition. The word, “boss,” for example, is defined as “a person in charge of a worker or organization.” “Boss,” however, has a negative connotation where the word “coach” does not.
“Coach” has multiple meanings, but the one related to boss is “one who instructs or trains.” Coach has a positive connotation and will almost always be interpreted to be a positive alternative to “boss.”
In fact, people judge us by how we talk and how we write.
As an author and speaker on the subject of communication, I’ve identified what I think are the most important fifteen words you can ever use with another person.
Words are usually used in combinations, so I’ll give you the five most powerful, the four most powerful, followed by the three most powerful, the two most powerful, and finally the single most important word you can ever use with another person.
There are fifteen words total.
The 15 most important words
“I am proud of you.” People love to hear this phrase–even from total strangers–because they don’t hear it enough from bosses, co-workers and spouses.
“What do you think?” Everyone loves to be solicited for their opinions. There is no faster way to let people know that you take them seriously.
“Will you please?” Etiquette is always popular, even when it goes out of style.
“Thank you.” Nuf said. (“Nuf” is not a word.)
A person’s name is the most powerful word you can ever use with him or her.
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