Stop using this 1 power-killing phrase in your emails

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Are you hiding behind prefaces when you communicate? The one phrase you should avoid to own your statements today.

You may unknowingly be using short phrases to preface your statements, creating a lack ownership over the message you are conveying.

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You can improve your communication skills through developing continued awareness and implementing small tweaks on a daily basis.

The one common phrase that robs you of power is "just wanted to.."

  • I just wanted to see where the project is at.
  • I just wanted to say hello.
  • I just wanted to talk about the meeting we had yesterday.
  • I just wanted to write you an email to say that I am sorry about the mistake.
  • I just wanted to check in with you.
  • I just wanted to see how you're doing.
  • I just wanted to let you know that you look really nice today.

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There are many words and phrases that are thieves of power. In order to stay in your power you must own your message. Here's how to re-phrase the statements above to take ownership:

  • Where is the status of project as of today?
  • Hello!
  • I'd like to discuss yesterday's meeting.
  • I am sorry about the mistake I made.
  • I am checking in with you.
  • How are you doing?
  • Wow! You look really nice today.

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"Just wanted to" is only one example of a 'power-killer' when communicating. If you want to run a 'power-killer' test, ask yourself if you are prefacing your statement or if you're just stating it.

Do not hide behind prefaces. Making a statement from a place of ownership empowers others to do the same.

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Stop using this 1 power-killing phrase in your emails

Alabama

Resume 

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Alaska

Desire

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Arizona

Definitely 

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Arkansas

Diarrhea 

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California

Gray

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Colorado

Receipt 

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Connecticuit

Cancelled 

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Delaware

Paronycha 

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Florida

Gray

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Georgia

Pneumonia 

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Hawaii

Pterodactyl

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Idaho

Antelope

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Illinois

Gray

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Indiana

Gray

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Iowa

Gray

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Kansas

Gray

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Kentucky

Jealous

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Louisiana

Paran

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Maine

Frustrated 

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Maryland

Sincerely 

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Massachusetts

Gray

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Michigan

Gray

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Minnesota

Gray

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Mississippi

Niece

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Missouri

Maintenance 

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Montana

Diagnose 

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Nebraska

Seizures 

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Nevada

Gorgeous

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New Hampshire

Cancelled 

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New Jersey

Hanukkah 

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New Mexico

Anniversary 

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New York

Hanukkah

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North Carolina

Cancelled

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North Dakota

Gray

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Ohio

Gray

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Oklahoma

Hors d'oeuvres 

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Oregon

Hallelujah 

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Pennsylvania

Hanukkah

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Rhode Island 

Magnetism

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South Carolina

Resume

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Tennessee

Pneumonia

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Texas

Beautiful 

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Utah

Ornery 

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Vermont

Radiator 

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Virginia

Gray

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Washington

Vacuum

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West Virginia 

Relax

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Wisconsin

Chihuahua  

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Wyoming

Jealous

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