“About” Is Another Example Weak Workplace Communication

Someone sent me an invitation to connect on LinkedIn whom I did not know and I’m not sure how he found me.

Before accepting I always review the individual’s profile.

The first sentence in the profile read, “I am a versatile professional with about five years of experience…”

It immediately struck me as odd that this self-professed “professional” doesn’t even know how long he’s been engaged in his profession.

This is very un-powerful language.

What’s un-powerful about it?

The word “about!

About” is uncertain language, isn’t it?

In the above LinkedIn profile this professional in his field doesn’t know how long he’s been in his profession?

“About” five years could be 4 ½ years, 5 ½ years? If could even be 3 years or 6-7 years, who knows?

If this individual cannot keep track of how long he’s been in his profession, I have a problem with that.

If this person can’t take a stand on this, what else will he have challenges taking a stand on.

It’s very un-powerful language.

I’m coming up on my 13th anniversary in my own business. October 1st will be 13 years, so I’ve been in my business 12 ¾ years.

That’s definitive and certain.

“About” is not definitive or certain at all.

It speaks someone’s lack of confidence and self-esteem.

It is Un-Power Word #3 in my new series.

Stay tuned for more next week and beyond as I build my repertoire of Un-Power Words.

If you have any pet peeves of Un-Power Words, please leave a comment below and I’ll add them to my list and write my take on them and we’ll build the definitive Communication Power language.

’til next time, make it a great weekend and Communicate With Power!

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