If you are looking for a job or new job, your one of the first tasks for to-do list should be crafting an attractive elevator pitch to keep engage the interviewer. The whole world is going online. We see new things discovered every day. Smart phones are getting smarter and people are getting lazier (thanks to 1000s of emojis). Let’s have a look at the top 10 words which you need to eliminate from your vocabulary or elevator pitch to sound interesting (& smarter)!
A word which is “always” used to mention something that will surely happen. However, this using this word will be an invitation to open doors for criticism in case of inaccuracies. In case of writing, use this word only if you are specifically asked to do so.
“Really” is a word that has really no use to modify a verb or an adjective. If you want to make a point, choose a different word which sounds more convincing.
Here’s a tip – never repeat really – it won’t serve your purpose!
This word is really not required most of the times. If you have a habit of using it again and again, try changing it. Replace that with other words and check how they sound. If everything sounds alright, ditch the word from your vocabulary.
We’ve all spoken/heard/written this word time and again. Does that make us put it on our list? Absolutely! Well, to explain in simple words, something is necessary or it isn’t - right? So what’s the point in adding absolutely? Adding it won’t make it more compulsory or essential.
So, you are unsure? There is something you are not certain about? Regardless of what you are discussing about, do your homework and be sure of what you are talking or writing.
Here’s a situation – you are putting up a point (be it written or verbal) and you use absolutely to add importance after a point. So, does that mean the other things were not true? Try avoiding it to emphasize your statements.
Literally basically means that something happened as stated without any amplification. Now, when you are mentioning something, you essentially are stating what happened. Adding literally makes it sound like you really want the listener/reader to believe the facts which can be unnecessary in most of the cases.
Before we put our point, amazing has synonyms like unbelievable, wonderful, marvelous, thrilling, exciting, stunning, sensational, remarkable, spectacular and a lot more. Got the hint? This word is everywhere! Use something which can be more electrifying than amazing.
“Yesterday I went to the cafeteria.” “I went for a movie.” “I went to Florida last summer.” So you are basically moving, right? Why not make your statements a bit descriptive rather than being lazy. You can use numerous words which can make others feel that you are a living being (we’re actually asking you to be a bit expressive here).
“I get very sad if this happens.” “I get very happy if that happens.”
We know that very is used to magnify an adjective, adverb or a verb. But, it can make your statement less precise. It also shows that you are lazy. Replace very with other expressive words. What’s worse? It is subjective as well. “He’s very tall.” OK! How tall? Be specific.
At the end of the day, you have to attract your listeners/readers and keep them engaged. Get rid of these 10 words from your elevator pitch and get smarter!