There’s something very interesting about people with a limited vocabulary. Not only do they appear to be less intelligent – they also have very predictable patterns in their way of expressing themselves.
If you learn how it works, you can apply it in reverse. That means you can be practicing your powers of communication almost every time you say something.
It won’t cost you much effort and the effects are fast – in fact, some people see their communication become more effective and less difficult within days.
Here’s how it works.
People with a small vocabulary have no choice but to use one word to cover various meanings and concepts.
They just don’t have the ability to be nuanced, to choose the words that really describe different things because they don’t have those words at their disposition.
Where you or I might choose between ‘aesthetic’ ‘beautiful’, ‘pretty’ and ‘attractive’, they just say ‘Cool’ or ‘Pretty hot’.
You know the kind of talk: It’s filled with ‘Yeah’, ‘Like’, ‘Man’, ‘You know?’, ‘For sure’, ‘Bro’ and other empty, meaningless expressions.
And of course, there’s the ever-popular F-word, which some people manage to use as a substitute for every third word in a sentence – in itself a significant sign of limited vocabulary.
The problem isn’t so much in using filler words – we all use them to some degree.
Where it becomes problematic is that by using filler words, you are admitting that you don’t have the right word ready.
For example, when you end a sentence with ‘you know?’, you’re taking the easy way out: You’re letting your listener complete your thought.
This clearly shows your lack of aptitude in communicating. But it gets worse.
If you routinely employ filler words, you’re actually weakening your ability to communicate. In a way, you’re making your brain lazy.
The brain responds to behavioral patterns and programming, so it’s easy to see that you’ll effectively be training your mind to take the easy way out, if that’s what you keep doing.
It’s a vicious circle, and it stops your intelligence from growing.
Here’s how to apply this to yourself
Look at the way your language is built up. Specifically, look at those telltale words you use, the ones that express an idea or a feeling in a vague and non-descript way.
Look at all the words that you use repeatedly in conversation. All the filler words like ‘well’, ‘yeah’, ‘I guess’, ‘totally’, and so on.
You can do this mentally if you like, although it works better if you write the words down.
Make a resolve for yourself to avoid any use of those words. Just decide that from now on, you won’t say them.
As you go about your daily business, keep an eye out. At first you’ll find it hard: you use those words automatically and you’ll catch yourself saying them unawares.
But soon – maybe even after a few hours – you start to ‘catch’ yourself: you’ll not say them because you’re aware justbefore you’re going to say it.
At first, you might find yourself a bit lost. After all, you’ve taken away a number of tools that your mind used to use quite a lot.
But then, your mind itself will come to the rescue.
If you cut out a bunch of words, it’s going to notice and remember words you hear on TV or at work, or words you read in the paper or on the web.
By systematically cutting out words that you use habitually and by default, you force your mind to replace them with astute and to-the-point-words that really convey your meaning.
That means you can be constantly practicing your communication skills, throughout the day, without any effort and without anyone noticing.
The upshot: You will get much better at expressing yourself, getting your point across, and getting people to cooperate with you.
Plus, your peers and superiors will notice your increased prowess in thinking and communicating. And you’d better believe that will open doors for you.
Of course your best choice would be to feed your mind with the right words: the language executives and CEO’s use. For that, the Executive Vocabulary Program ranks #1 on the web.