10 powerful, motivating words
Words can motivate. The things CEOs and managers say are often magnified by the employees and colleagues we are trying to lead in a certain direction.
Inc.comÃ¢ÂÂs Jeff Haden echoes this sentiment and highlights a guest blog post from Courtney Seiter, who works for social-media sharing tool Buffer. Seiter lists 10 words and phrases that are extremely motivating, and seven that are not.
Her 10 motivating words:
- If. Thinking hypothetically takes the pressure off people and can improve performance.
- Could. Saying Ã¢ÂÂcouldÃ¢ÂÂ instead of Ã¢ÂÂshouldÃ¢ÂÂ can aid creativity.
- Together. This word creates a team atmosphere.
- Thank you.
- Choose to. ThereÃ¢ÂÂs a big difference in saying Ã¢ÂÂchoose toÃ¢ÂÂ rather than Ã¢ÂÂhave to.Ã¢ÂÂ
- And. This word can help better convey a contrary opinion versus using Ã¢ÂÂbut.Ã¢ÂÂ
- Because. Give a reason for your actions.
- (Your name). Everyone likes to hear their own name.
- Willing. This is a helpful word which can turn a Ã¢ÂÂnoÃ¢ÂÂ into a Ã¢ÂÂyes,Ã¢ÂÂ Seiter says.
Her list of seven words to avoid: need, must, canÃ¢ÂÂt, easy, just, only and fast.
I try to incorporate these motivating words in my individual discussions as well as at our management team and Ã¢ÂÂall staffÃ¢ÂÂ meetings.Â ItÃ¢ÂÂs one of those things that you must actually embrace, practice and execute.Â And IÃ¢ÂÂll be darned, they seem to work.Â Follow me on Twitter (@BDanBerger).