If you want to make a good impression in a formal debate, presentation or statement it is very important to know how to choose the right words to deliver to the listener the correct message.
In order to help you do this, we’ve collected some words that ruin your sentence and should be avoided in a formal speech.
- Actually – A crutch word (a word used to give the speaker more time to think or to emphasize a statement) that often becomes a verbal tic.
- Um, Ah, Er, Uh – Crutch-mumbles make it difficult for the listener to retain the speaker’s point. In formal speaking, avoid these entirely.
- Well (‘Well, here is the information you needed’)- In formal presentations, this word diminishes the impact of whatever follows.
- So (‘So, as we see in the research…’) – It gives the listener the feeling that the speaker is nervous and unfamiliar with giving presentations.
- Literally (‘I literally ran 300 miles yesterday.’) – It is used inversely to emphasize a hyperbolic or figurative statement.
- Look (‘Look, that’s the best solution.’) – The word is used to invite the listener to understand the speaker’s point of view, and this thing is not necessary at all.
- Fantastic, Great, Awesome, Super – These words make the speaker fall into the trap of mindlessly regurgitated language. Selecting unique adjectives demonstrates more original thinking.
- Honestly – The word is used to assert authority, but it rarely adds honesty to a statement.
- Seriously – It has lost its gravitas with overuse.
- Totally – (‘I’m totally up for anything right now.’) – Another overused adverb witch make the speaker sound like a gum-sacking teen.
- Really, Very – Terms that chain speakers to unremarkable language. To eliminate the enliven your speech, select a creative adjective instead such as: breathtaking, provocative, knee-smacking, charitable.
- Like – Very often, it is used involuntarily in conversation, just like ‘um’.
- The thing is . . . – Prefacing a professional statement with these words dilutes ‘the thing’ on which the speaker is about to expound.