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Like, Stop Saying “Like”

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on your accomplishments.  It is also a great time to make plans for self-improvement. We wanted to revisit a post, from May, that can help you polish your professional image.  Make the decision to learn or refine a new skill in 2014.  See what doors it opens for you!

Nothing makes a person sound more educated, in control, or classy than, you know, like saying “like” all the time. People do judge us by how we say what we say. Saying “like” a lot can obscure our authority on a subject matter (hurting our promotional chances).

 I’m not about re-inventing the wheel, so here’s a great  article on the topic.


In the article, Emily Co suggests ways you can curb your use of the word if you find it has become habitual.  One of her suggestions, recording yourself while speaking, can be horrifying but invaluable.  

Get a recorder (most phones have one built in) and let it record a conversation you have with a friend.  Also, record yourself during a presentation you give at work or while you speak in a meeting.  What do you notice?  Are there words you should eliminate? Can you use a different tone?

Changing the way we speak, or tweaking it a little, can have a huge impact on our careers.  Every organization values communication skills in their employees.  Brushing up on yours might be the key to advancement or new opportunities.

“If all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all the rest.”–Daniel Webster

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