What Not To Say When Making A Speech
Hyperbole, wishy washy language, and intensifiers. What do these three language patterns have in common? They inhibit your influence. Leave these patterns out of your language, and you’ll deliver a stronger message.
There are a few speech patterns worth paying attention to in your preparation to speak. The first verbal pattern to be careful of is hyperbole. Its the WORST THING IN THE WORLD to use hyperbole. EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU DO IT, PEOPLE WILL GET HORRIBLY ANGRY WITH YOU! Ok, that’s hyperbole. And the problem with it is that the more you use it, the less credible you are.
The second verbal pattern is wishy washy language. Er, at least I think so. Probably. I guess. Maybe you should, well, might um, think twice, if you want, um, mumble, mumble, this is probably dumb but, what I really meant to say, grrr, um, never mind. Wishy washy talking gets you a tepid to weak response.
The third pattern is the use of intensifiers. I really really really can’t emphasize this enough. Really. It is very very very disconcerting to hear people so so so needing to really really amplify what they say. Because what is says is that what you say isn’t very strong.
Leave these patterns out of your language, and you’ll deliver a stronger message that gets the Click! Er, I think. Pretty much. Really. ALWAYS.
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Rick is a best selling author and the founder of the Art of Change Skills for Life. His book titles include, Dealing with People You Can’t Stand: How to bring out the best in people at their worst, Life by Design and Influence and the Art of Persuasion. These days he is spending quality time away from the spotlight enjoying the company of his wife and practicing his electric guitar.