Career-killing phrases to avoid in the workplace

What phrases should you avoid in today's highly competitive workplace?

Appearing in a crisp suit, maintaining eye contact and appearing confident are all often key to securing a job -- but what techniques should you employ to move up the ladder?

Speech is only a marginal part of language, but it can be an important one. If you're trying to bring a team on board with a new idea, convince someone to buy a product or motivate others to complete a task for you, making sure your words carry weight can be crucial.

Beyond sealing a sales deal or getting your point across at a meeting, appearing hesitant or unsure can be logged away and remembered; potentially impacting your chances at being offered that coveted promotion.

So what phrases should you avoid in the workplace? The Fiscal Times has compiled a list of some of the worst faux pas to make, especially if you wish to be seen as a potential leader at your firm:

1. "I'll try."

Simply changing 'try' to 'will' can remove the possibility of failure in your words; something that can keep others from maintaining confidence in you.

2. "You should have..."

No-one likes to have their failures highlighted, and by passing the buck, you're not necessarily taking the right approach to getting a task completed. Instead, why not be more political and encouraging -- by using phrases which are less direct. "Next time," "I recommend in the future.."

3. "That's not my job."

Part of being a strong leader is also playing as a team. You don't have to bend over backwards to accommodate every request, but when refusing, being tactful and considerate is the way forward -- as well as reminding your boss of your current projects to keep things realistic.

4. "I think."

This phrase can demonstrate doubt, and using substitutes such as "I'm confident that," or "I know" sound far more powerful.

5. "This may be a dumb question, but.."

By starting with this phrase, you automatically lessen the value of what you are going to say.

6. "I may be wrong," and "Okay?"

Taking charge rather that demonstrating doubt is necessary in a number of roles. If your financial manager, accountant or financial advisor said that they "could be wrong," how much confidence would you retain in them?

Read More: The Fiscal Times

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This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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