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6 Sloppy Speech Habits to Avoid

Diane Diresta | Monster Contributing Writer

August 11, 2009

6. Weak Speak

Wimpy words modify or water down your conviction and in the end your position. When you pepper a conversation with “hopefully,” “perhaps,” “I feel,” “kind of” and “sort of,” the message you convey is a lack of confidence. Use power words such as “I’m confident that,” “my track record shows,” “I take the position that,” “I recommend” or “my goal is.” The language you use gives the listener an impression about your level of confidence and conviction.

This article originally appeared in Monster’s Career Advice Section.