How to Empower Your Speech and Change Your Life

“Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world. ” Buddha

Words are powerful. Personally, I think that everyday speech is an art form and that words are so incredibly powerful they are the equivalent to waving a magic wand.

Quite a few years ago, an article I read recommended changing the way you speak by ‘seeding’ your language with specific power words during a job interview. At the time, I happened to be in the market for a job so I put this ‘seeding’ technique to the test. While interviewing with the President and Senior VP of a large company, I took extra care in the way I spoke. I eliminated any negative words from my language and seeded every sentence with as many power words as I could think of. For example, I said, “I am results-driven. Just recently, I felt incredibly triumphant after winning a very large account, especially after my clients sent me a thank-you letter describing how they had benefited from my great advice and become the shining stars at their company cocktail party.”

As I spoke, I became truly amazed at how responsive my prospective employers were to what I was saying. It was clear to me that they loved my message because they were hanging on every word.

There was something else I noticed during that interview that was particularly interesting to me. As I spoke, I could also feel the power of my words. They were energizing me! During that interview, with my sentences super-charged, I felt super-charged as well. The combination of power words and positive language was truly a magic wand. The words wove a magic spell because the company that I was interviewing with hired me shortly thereafter.

Here are some simple steps to follow:

1. Remove any negative words from your vocabulary such as ‘can’t’ or ‘won’t’ or ‘don’t’ and rephrase words to emphasize the positive. For example, instead of saying, “You wouldn’t believe it!” Change this to, “You would be amazed!” Another example would be to change “Do not hesitate to call me!” to “Please call me any time!”

2. Embed power words in your sentences such as ‘success’ or ‘achievement’ and ‘results’.

3. There is also something called the Power of Three. Humans love threes: ABC, 123, here, there and everywhere. When you speak in threes, your words become music to the human ear.

The changes are often subtle, but powerful. Imagine if you used this technique every day to create your entire life!