"Forbes" magazine put together a list of phrases you should avoid at the office, because they either make you seem unprofessional, or like you don't care. And if you say them A LOT, they can prevent you from being promoted.
Why? Because that phrase implies the possibility of failure.
In your speech, especially with senior leaders, replace the word ‘try’ with the word and intention of ‘will.’ This seemingly small change speaks volumes.
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“You should have…” or “You could have…”
Fault-finding words inflict feelings of blame and finger-pointing. The workplace should foster equality, collaboration and teamwork. Instead of making someone feel guilty (even if they are), take a more productive non-judgmental approach. Say, “Next time, to ensure proper planning, please bring this to my attention immediately.” Or, “In the future, I recommend…”
This one depends on how laid back your co-workers are. But some people think it's sexist, or too casual to use in an office setting, or BOTH. It's better to use the word "everyone." As in, "What does everyone think we should do?" Either that, or just drop the word "guys" so it's, "What do you think we should do?" Not, "What do you GUYS think we should do?"
Learn other things to avoid by clicking on the link. http://onforb.es/11KZkSN
I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 14 nieces and nephews. 11 great-nieces and great-nephews (and if you follow this bio at all, it won't surprise you that, yes. Another one is on the way!). No, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 12 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 2 year old kittens: Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.