Have you ever been in a conversation and become incredibly aware that the person you’re speaking with is saying “like” every two seconds? Or maybe you’ve spoken to that annoying person who ends every sentence with “know what I mean.” These are just two examples of the type of language that can make people sound uneducated and moreover showcase a lack of confidence.
But don’t just take my word for it. Expert Jerry Weissman, a leading corporate presentations coach, is the founder of Power Presentations, Ltd., and the author of Presentations in Action: 80 Memorable Presentation Lessons from the Masters and showcased clearly in his recent Harvard Business Review Article, “Never Ask ‘Does That Make Sense’” the language pitfalls that can make you sound uncertain and create doubt in business.
Click the link above to read Weissman’s article. Tell me, which of these are you guilty of committing? I’m not generally a user of “like” in the traditional “Valley Girl” sense, but I do tend to say, “He was like” instead of “He said”, something Mr. Weissman has caused me to think twice about now!