How do you ensure that you're making effective language choices? This segment covers weak words and phrases you can avoid to sound stronger.
- [Interviewer] You said the word just, in particular, … is a pet peeve of yours. … Let's hear your rant so any just users can shape up. … (laughter) … - [Expert] Well, if you think about the word just, … what does it mean? … I just think, I just want to say. … It's almost as if you're asking permission … to speak up, as if you're saying, … don't worry I won't take a long time. … I just want to say this one thing. … And I believe each of us has something incredibly … powerful to say on behalf of ourself or on behalf … of others. … And when we say just, we apologize for whatever it is … that we say next, … as opposed to owning what we believe and owning … our right to say it. … Which is why I don't like using the word just. … And I have a friend who teaches American Sign Language, … and I asked her once, … "What do you sign when someone says just?" … And her sign is shrugging her shoulders. … - [Interviewer] Ew. … - [Expert] So think about that. … The next time you want to use the word just, …
This course was created by Pete Mockaitis of How to Be Awesome at Your Job. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.