When people communicate, their way of talking tells a lot of things about them. Here is the list of 7 common words in conversation that make people sound less confident:
1. If you say things like, “Just wanted to ask a question” or “Just checking in” than stop it. This weakens your statements and waters down your requests. These make you look less sure of yourself and less confident than you probably are.
2. Some people use “Sorry” in almost all of their conversations, which is not good. Most of the times they use the word “sorry” in conversations where no apology is necessary. Using “Sorry” unnecessarily can be misinterpreted to mean you’re not confident.
3. Many people are in a habit of using ‘like’ in the beginning of a sentence. They can’t go even two sentences far without using such words. Well, let me tell you, if you want people to take what you say seriously, then stop using ‘Like’ and ‘You know’ while talking, these words are close cousins to crutch words.
4. Use of words like “Hopefully” can backfire badly. This shows that you’re actually telling people that you don’t have control over situations, and that you are weak, powerless or even unreliable.
5. Use of words like ‘Um’s and ‘Ah’s make people seem not only less confident, but also dumb. If you are in a habit of speaking these words then stop it. Instead, take a brief pause when you are temporarily lost for words.
6. The use of words like “kind of” or “sort of” in conversations make you look as vague and ambiguous. It seems like you have no idea what’s going on or are afraid of committing.
7. “Actually” has replaced the words like “basically” or “literally.” People are in a habit of using it even where it doesn’t stylistically make sense.