Have you ever had those moments where you feel like you’re saying the wrong thing at work?
You try to get your point across to your boss or a fellow employee about a big, new idea, and instead of them giving you the excitement that you were hoping for, they blankly stare at you, wondering what the heck you’re talking about. While your idea may be the next “Big Thing,” the way you communicate about it to others may lack — how do we say — professionalism.
Your ideas will either sink or fly based on your verbiage and tone. While “uhm,” “I just,” and “I’m sorry” may be part of your everyday language, including them in your professional conversations can make others mistake your competency as inadequate at best. But, don’t fret, we’re here to help you so you can flourish in your career — and maybe even impress your tough boss (no promises).
Here are 15 phrases you should avoid saying at work if you want to exude confidence.