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October 27, 2008

Building Leadership Qualities: Eliminate Weak Phrases

Think about your last interview or meeting. Did the words “Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me” escape your mouth?

We’ve all used them; timid, apologetic phrases that tend to slip out in meetings when we’re nervous or stressed. Unfortunately, rather than coming off as polite, they often make us look small or unimpressive, especially when compared to a more confident candidate or salesperson.

Steve Roesler of All Things Workspace offers a few common phrases to remove from your business vocabulary.

“I’ll only take a few minutes of your time.” They wouldn’t have scheduled an hour or two to speak with you if they didn’t want to go in depth.

“I know how busy everyone is...” Then why are you wasting time with platitudes?

“Thanks for taking the time…” You shouldn’t make it sound as though the employer is doing you a favor by meeting with you. If you didn’t earn at least some interest, you wouldn’t be there in the first place.

Just by cutting out these limp standards, you’ll appear much more confident, and your leadership qualities will stand out much more.

Posted by Bill L.


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