The 5 words include:
- honestly (was all that preceded dishonest);
- just (detracts from credibility and confidence and negates from the importance of the message);
- things (absolutely valueless, identify them);
- sorry (stop apologizing for what you're not sorry about); and,
- hopefully (don't hope, instead deliver).
Quast is correct in pointing out that these 5 words detract from speech. Miillennials need to eliminate them if they're to build a more professional vocabulary...and maybe get hired.
Now for those 5 "disfluencies":
- right; and,
- "you know what I mean."
"Credibility killers," Quast calls these 5 disfluencies.
Most folks don't know they're disfluent in their speech pattern, as they oftentimes invoke these words or phrases involuntarily to fill up dead air and complete their sentences. But, these words and phrases become habitual. For good writers and speakers (but for Quast, more importantly, employers interviewing employees, hence Millennials), disfluencies are obvious, indicating poor English language skills. Could be an interview (and hence, job) killer.
If Millennials want to be viewed as eloquent, intelligent, and credible, Quast recommends that Millennials eliminate these 5 words and 5 disfluences from their speech pattern.
How? The Motley Monk does this with his graduate students: Armed with this knowledge, listen to how poorly many Millennials speak. To wit: Notice that Quast doesn't state "Like, um....honestly, this hopefully will help you to achieve many things like being, um, professional. You know what I mean."
- Become more self-aware each time you invoke those words and disfluencies...don't be surprised at how many times you do.
- Place a rubber band around your wrist.
- Each time you invoke one of those words or disfluencies, snap the rubber band on your wrist.
"Ouch, that hurts!"
Yes, But, the negative reinforcement will begin reminding you to stop using those words or disfluencies.
Let the discussion begin...
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* - TOH to Rob Perino who brought the Forbes article to The Motley Monk's