9 Professional Words Use To Sound Smarter At Work For Conversation
What is the number one thing that you probably want when you're using English at work?
So today I've got some smart words that you should definitely be using to sound professional, intelligent,and positive at work.
The best part about this article is these are small changes that you can make.
Sometimes a very small change can have big results and that's what we're focused on today.
So be sure to read this article to learn these smart words and find out exactly how you can use them with example sentences and be sure to read this article up to end because last word is maybe the most important one that you need to know on this list.
What are some of the most common words that you hear when someone wants to agree with you or agree to a request?
For example, if your boss asks for a document by the end of the day, you could say, okay, or certainly, or a colleague asks you to help with a project. Certainly I can do that.
Number two, the word modify. Let's be honest about something. Most people don't like change.
Let's say that you have a project at work and just before the deadline you get an email that says there's some changes in the requirements.
You're probably not celebrating. You're dreading it, you're frustrated. Most people don't like the word change.
A better smarter word that you could use is modify. It doesn't have the same feeling that the word change can have.
For example, at a meeting, a colleague might say that we need to change the way that we're dealing with our customers and that sounds like you have to change everything and nobody really wants to do that.
It sounds like a lot of work, so instead it's better to say something like, we should modify the way we deal with customers at work.
Modify doesn't sound so scary or overwhelming. It's a fantastic word to use in place of the word change.
Next word is complicationSimilar to the word change, there is another word that no one likes to hear at work and that is the word problem.
There's a problem with the order. We have a customer with a problem. The boss has a problem she wants you to solve. None of us like hearing those statements.
Instead of saying there's a problem with your order, you could say there's a complication with your order, but we're working on it. It sounds much less serious.
Next is the word sensationalIt might be the word awesome.
Native speakers love the word awesome and it's a fantastic word. I use it a lot. I love it, but I want you to have the ability to be flexible and English.
I want you to have vocabulary that you can adapt and use in different situations. And the word sensational is a fantastic positive word that you can use in place of the word awesome.
Smart word number five is elaborate. To elaborate simply means to give more details and there are many times at work when we need someone to clarify something or give us some extra details.
So if you're in a meeting and a coworker says something that isn't really clear, you're not exactly sure what she means. Instead of saying, what do you mean? You can say, could you elaborate? It's much more polite and professional.
Next word is is leverage.
So here's a great way we could do that. We've used two words from our list there.
I could say if we change our marketing approach, we can get an advantage over our customers. Or I could use these two words, modify and leverage to impress word number seven, similar to talking about problems versus complications.
We can use ramifications instead of consequences, a bad consequences when something negative happens as a result of something else. And that word consequence can immediately have negative feeling with it. So ramification is a great alternative.
word number eight is perplexing. I love this word. I don't know why, but I love the way it sounds perplexing. You and I know that confusing things happen at work.
A customer does something weird, files disappear. Someone says they sent you an email but you never got it. In those moments you could say, I'm really confused about that situation or I'm confused how that happened, but a great alternative is perplexing.
That's perplexing. That's a perplexing situation or similar to saying, I'm confused. We could say I'm perplexed.
Smart word number nine is straightforward. Everyone loves things that are easy to do, easy to understand and straight forward is a great alternative to using the word easy.
Instead of saying something like, this project is really easy, you could say this project is really straightforward. Maybe you're working with a new client and you know that they're going to be wonderful and easy to work with.
You could also say working with this client is going to be really straightforward and finally we're at smart.
Next word that you should be using at work. Kind of.
That word is like, like is used way too much. It has become a filler word, a word that we use when we don't really know what to say.
In fact, sometimes I've heard the word like used in the same sentence, two, three, four, even five times.
In fact, it can sound uncertain when it's used too much, but the problem is it's a really great word for some situations, like when you're going to introduce an example.
Did you notice I just used it thereto introduce what I wanted to say. That is an appropriate way to use this word, but because the word like is used too much, I want to give you an alternative.
When you need to introduce information or introduce an example you could use such as or for instance, here are a couple of examples.
I could say there are a lot of opportunities like this for our clients or there are a lot of opportunities such as this for our clients.
That one little change makes the sentence much more professional.
Another example, you need to be really careful with this client. Like if you go to a meeting, make sure that you're early instead of using, like I could say, you need to be really careful with this client. For instance, if you've got a meeting, make sure that you're early.