Articles about Words at Work
The 4 words far too many people forget to say in interviews
Surprisingly enough, in between reciting our three strengths and weaknesses and phrasing our salary expectations in a favorable way, many people are forgetting to say “I want this job.”
Use your grown-up voice! Ditch vocal fry, baby talk or bro-language
The thing is that whether you realize it or not, the way you speak might be alienating others in the workplace or your work orbit.
4 things you should never utter when your manager is in earshot
Some things should really be common sense, but it always pays to have a refresher: there are a bunch of things you should never, ever say when your boss is around. Here are four of those things.
These 8 innocent email clichés aren’t so innocent after all
Here’s what I really mean when I’m using this seemingly innocent email cliché.
Words you should never say to a hiring manager during an interview
One answer to a hiring manager kills most interviews. Why? Because everyone between you and the CEO doesn’t want your vision or ideas. That stuff costs money. They want you to work on their vision and their ideas. They don’t need yours.
An illustrative guide to common words people tend to misuse
We've all been there. There are just certain words that sound so much alike even though they have completely different meanings. And sometimes, when we are required to spell them, it is a STRUGGLE.
2 words every public speaker should avoid at all costs
When we fall back on the same words during a speech, the audience senses it right away. People start to think, “He’s really doing that a lot. Kind of annoying.” What’s “that”? A distracting tic or habit.
7 words that make you sound passive aggressive at work
Refrain from using these seven stereotypically passive-aggressive words when interacting with people at work, and you can avoid unnecessary and unproductive tension in the office.
Want to sound smarter? Master these 7 grammar tips
Poor writing can make others think you aren't intelligent. Don't get caught up in miscommunication. Master these simple tips.
Old expressions updated for the modern professional
How can you stop using those pesky expressions that mark you as being out of touch? First things first, identify why they’re so annoying.
How to explain a complex topic in simple terms
Strong writing skills are paramount. You don’t want to confuse people when you try to break down a difficult topic. On the flip side, employees will appreciate how you simplified the issue and, in doing so, valued their time and attention.
These are the 10 office cliches you need to stop using
A new survey that looked at the communication behaviors of 2,000 U.S. workers, exposes the words that are so overused they have lost meaning in the workplace.
Words and phrases you should never include in your cover letter
It goes without saying that you always want to present yourself in the best possible light when you’re job searching. From how you structure your resume to what you say during a job interview, it all counts towards (and against) you during the selection and hiring process.
How to use the right tone in emails
Your messages are more than facts and figures about the business. Each word carries tone and significance, and employees scrutinize every sentence in search of meaning.
7 types of words you need to stop capitalizing
Capitalization matters. When you handle upper and lowercase words like a pro, it shows poise, smarts and maturity. Proper capitalization is one more way to distance yourself from the competition.
What words should you never say when being interviewed for a job?
Here are a few that are considered “red flag words” by interviewers.
Study: You make five times as many writing errors on your phone than a PC
People make an average of five times as many errors writing on our phones than when using a computer, "even though fewer words are typed on mobile."
Sorry, but these 5 words, you like, really, kind of overuse
Though training your tongue will take some time — especially if you’ve never edited yourself before — you can get started with these overused words. According to career experts, they have no place in your office or inbox.
Master these 7 grammar tips if you want to sound smarter
Don't get caught up in miscommunication. Master these simple tips.
How assertive communication can change your life
Assertive communication is like a muscle. You have to flex it.
25 buzzwords that make smart people sound stupid
These phrases are spicy and they make you feel clever (low hanging fruit is a crutch of mine), but they also annoy the heck out of people.
‘Hi,’ ‘Hey,’ ‘Hello’: Why casual email greetings are the way to go
When you start an email, do you go for the more casual, "Yo, what's up," or for the more buttoned-up "Dear Madam or Sir"? A new analysis of 300,000 emails found that how you start an email can decide whether or not you get a response.
How to speak up and advocate for your accomplishments at work
Being an introvert in the office can be hard. They have a lot to offer at work, but sometimes have a difficult time speaking up to show it. Here's how to advocate for your accomplishments and skills when you're not the most outgoing employee in the office.
You’re probably using one of these “buzzwords” on your LinkedIn profile, but is that a good thing?
While there are already a bunch of super annoying phrases that people use at work, LinkedIn recently released the 2018 list of “buzzwords” that people use the most in their profiles.
9 words and phrases that make any professional look weak
Certain words can have a long-lasting impact. Don't let these slip into your conversation.