Lazy Language: What it is and How to Avoid it

Watch out for lazy language.

“I feel like we might win.”

We make a commitment that, “hopefully I’ll be there.”

We connect everything with filler:  “um, you know, like I’m not happy about it.”

We use misplaced modesty:  “I really don’t like talking about myself.”

We apologize: “This is probably a dumb question.”

Show up with language that has muscle–clear, candid and direct:  “Here’s our challenge; here’s my experience; I believe; let’s look at this square-on.”

 

 

 

 

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Lou Solomon

Lou Solomon is the founder of Interact. She is a TEDx speaker and a member of the adjunct faculty at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. Her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur.com, CEO.com, and Fast Company.