Speaking Precisely Can Get You Places In Business

By Tiffany Nash

If you know the proper words for any given situation you can do a better job of conveying your thoughts.

These words can be gleaned through the books and articles you read - make sure they are good ones. Just be sure that you are pronouncing the words correctly in your head so you don't say things the wrong way in public. In this case, ignorance is anything but bliss.

I remember one time when me and my wife were listening to a popular talk show when a man called in, mispronouncing a highfalutin word. The guest for that show wouldn't let up as he kept on criticizing the caller - pity the talk show host as things got out of hand. All in all, it was just an awkward moment. And you do NOT want to be embarrassed when trying to gain new business and make some sales.

Pronunciations do vary depending on your locale, so you could just say that's how it's pronounced where you're from. However, most people with at least a high school education know the few valid ways to pronounce these words.

Listening to smart, educated people is a fantastic way to learn good pronunciation. But if such people are sadly lacking in your locale, you can buy educational cassette tapes or go the newfangled route and listen to a podcast.

Some people who call themselves well-read tend to mispronounce words they do not actually hear. That is why I recommend Dictionary.com as the best place to listen to those wonderful new words. They have a pronunciation guide, and, if you want to Speak Precisely, you can sign up for their premium service. Learn the proper pronunciation just by clicking on the word - easy as pie!

All things considered, you should be sure that before you use a word, you should know how to pronounce it and what it means. If you ask me, I'd listen to that heavy metal nonsense any day before listening to people blather on out of context. I use a lot of big words myself, but I always make sure I know how to use them before anything else.

But then again, it might be better for you to use the shorter, simpler word if at all necessary. Don't use a big word just because you know it. If there is no better way to put it, or if it simply feels right, that's when you bring out the arsenal of big words. The average Joe's vocabulary may not be as big as yours, and if you go way over their heads, your weapons of mass wordiness would be going in one ear and out the other.

Shortcuts, or jargon can be used in certain occasions when talking to experts. Shortcuts save time. But that's why they call it jargon - if you use it when speaking to outsiders, it won't be jargon, but probably as good as Klingon. Caught you there with that Star Trek jargon - in other words, they won't understand it, but if you want to know specific jargon, industry-specific bulletin boards are nice to visit.

Speaking Precisely is not rocket science. Just use the right word at the right time. And with added experience comes added knowledge.

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