Four-Letter Culprits: One Tip to Improve Communication

Four-Letter Words

There are some four-letter words that you should not use in business. Your business could be a formal law firm or a casual digital marketing firm. Either way this tip applies. Yes, fu*! Is a four letter word, but I’m not talking about those four letter words.  Are you killing deals or harming relationships with colleagues? Ever wonder why? It could be the words you’re using.

There are words that get in the way of healthy communication. They are red flags that introduce animosity in your communications.

The four letter culprits include:

  • Need
  • Must
  • Can’t
  • Easy
  • Just
  • Only
  • Fast

Instead of “need,” try “maybe,” “what do you think about this?” or “how does this sound?” Also, look out for “everyone”, “no one”, “always”, and “never.”

The ability to communicate clearly and effectively is essential in today’s environment; whether you are communicating with potential clients, collaborating with a coworker, emailing your boss, developing content for social media campaigns, or resolving a customer issue beware your words. They have great power.

Avoid these four letter words and you will vastly improve your communications in business.

How do you feel when these words are communicated to you? Do you use these words often?

Friends don’t let friends use bad words. Pass the tip on!

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Larissa Striga

Larissa A. Striga is an Intern with fishbat, an online marketing firm located in Bohemia, NY. She is a social media enthusiast, an avid reader, and infinite possibility. Follow her on Twitter @LarissaStriga.

One thought on “Four-Letter Culprits: One Tip to Improve Communication

  1. Another word I know is a 3-letter word: “Get”.

    “Get” is an ATROCIOUS word, and always makes the user look less literate. Use “obtain”, “find”, “buy”, whatever it takes other than “get”!

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