Admittedly we’re all prone to feeling worn out at times…at least I do. Perhaps I’m not alone. The real question is “Does our communication come across as sounding worn out?” Hopefully not, although it’s certainly possible.
When we communicate in a worn out manner, our word choice becomes commonplace so it’s quite hard to stand out. It’s easy to fall into certain habits and overuse words frequently both in our writing and speaking so let’s look at that more closely. A good place to start is initially listening closely to voicemail messages left on your phone, day-to-day communication in restaurants, shops, etc., e-mails you receive. Once you take this step, you’ll begin to heighten your awareness. As that happens, start paying closer attention to your own verbal and written communication and once again you’ll start to note particular patterns.
While we’re on this topic, LinkedIn recently noted the following 10 overused or worn out words to avoid on your resume: motivated, creative, enthusiastic, track record, passionate, successful, driven, leadership, strategic and extensive experience. Instead of using these tired words, LinkedIn recommends that you demonstrate or given an example of your work or activity, where possible.
On Grammarly Review, I came across an infographic of 16 boring words and suggested alternatives. Here are 5 of my favorites:
1. Instead of nice, use… cordial or considerate
2. Instead of good, use… splendid or superb
3. Instead of happy, use…jubilant or joyful
4. Instead of sad, use…sorrowful or dejected
5. Instead of bad, use…atrocious or despicable
Of course this post wouldn’t be complete without listing the word that seems to roll off everyone’s lips, which is “awesome.” Is your sandwich or that TV show really awesome? Let’s reserve that word for something we truly find majestic, if you get my point. I know it takes work to come up with alternatives but that’s the price we pay to avoid having worn out communication.