Lord Vincent Van Mendoza
Digital Marketing Specialist in Davao

How to use language that is powerful

One of the goals of any public speaker is to influence their audience to think or behave in a manner the other person would not have done otherwise. If you can do this, you’re lucky to gain power over others–increasing your speaking credibility.

There are at least three (3) things you need to remember if you wanna be powerful in your speeches. However, it should be noted that we avoid the following powerless languages:

Types of powerless language to avoid:

HesitationsLanguage that makes the speaker sound unprepared or uncertain.

IntensifiersOveremphasizing all aspects of the speech.

DisqualifiersAttempts to downplay one’s qualifications and competence about a specific topic.

Tag QuestionsA question added to the end of a phrase seeking the audience’s consent for what was said.

Self-Critical StatementsDownplaying one’s own abilities and making one’s lack of confidence public.

HedgesModifiers used to indicate that one isn’t completely sure of the statement just made.

Verbal SurrogatesUtterances used to fill space while speaking; filler words.

Types of powerful language:

Direct RequestsAsking the audience to engage in a specific behavior.

BargainingAn agreement that affects both parties of a situation.

IngratiationAttempting to bring oneself into the favor or good graces of an audience.

Speech is a gift. Use it with power!

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