What Not to Say If You Want to Get Ahead

My career mentoring clients will tell you that I am a big believer in the power of language.  The more precise you are in your choice of words the better.

This article lists 15 phrases to cut out of your vocabulary.


“That’s too early” is one of the phrases that really hit me when I read the article.

I live in Denver.  We’re in the Mountain Time Zone — two hours earlier that the East Coast.  I do a lot of work with pharmaceutical companies.  Many of them are located in the New York, New Jersey area.  I am invited to several conference calls that begin at 7:30 Eastern, that’s 5:30 here.  I never say, “That’s too early.”  I make sure I am on the call on time.  This brands me as someone who is committed to my clients’ success.

Some of my clients notice that I’ve made this effort, some don’t.  That’s OK.  I choose to live in Denver.  That means that sometimes I will be slightly inconvenienced by time zone differences.  But I will never tell that to my clients.

That other phrase that grabbed my attention is “I never read books.”  I am a huge believer in the power of lifelong learning.  I also believe that reading is the best way to learn.  Successful people read, not just books.  They read the newspaper, periodicals and blogs.  They stay up to date in their industry.  They stay up to date on what’s happening in the world.

I like the article above.  I think all 15 phrases are ones that you should strike from your vocabulary.  What you say has a big impact on how people perceive you – and on your personal brand.  Choose your words wisely.

Your career mentor,


PS: You can download a free copy of my bestseller, Straight Talk for Success at www.BudBilanich.com/straight-talk/  When you do, you will begin receiving my daily motivational quotes and get a free basic membership in my career mentoring site.

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