Below you’ll find notes on effective communication and powerful words, but first off, here is the complete list of powerful words in image form.
How to use the Powerful Words List in Speech
The powerful words list is important to many different areas of life. It’s a must for negotiation skills training and for email marketing. It’s useful for interpersonal communication (using the words in speech will make you sound important / valuable) and has numerous applications in other field too. There are a few guidelines though.
Make sure you do the following when using this powerful words list.
Use less “I” and more “We” : using the word “I” sets you as an individual apart from the rest. If you’re with your group of friends and deciding what to do for the night, instead of saying “I think we should go to the theatre” (which actively says, “This is my opinion, it’s not ours) say, “We all like the theatre, don’t we?” The double use of “we” makes it should like you’re acting on behalf of the whole group, even if you’re actually the only person who does enjoy theatre. This is far more likely to meet a positive response.
Focus on the moment: Focussing on the moment is naturally empowering. Most people tend to think of futures that will never happen, saying things like, “When I finally save enough money, we’ll go to Spain.” Lines like this sap energy from a conversation. Instead of saying “When. . . we will,” say “Now. . . we can.” Don’t have the money to go to Spain? Say, “Right now we can take a cab to that part of the city we’ve never seen before.” The point is, put focus on now. There is a natural charisma and energy that exudes from a healthy focus on the present moment. Make use of it! [/wpcol_3fifth_end]
What if? I’m going to let you in on a secret (you’ll find the word “secret” below by the way). My secret is this: I’m an imagination junkie. . .if such a thing exists. As an actor and a writer, it’s fair to say I love imaginations. . my own and everyone else’s. And I’m far from alone. People like an opportunity to imagine things, to fantasise. By making others use their imagination, you’ll entertain them and they’ll be more likely to enjoy speaking with you.
“Good” is good; “Bad” is bad : Simple one. Bad is bad, good is good. No one enjoys focussing on the negative (some people do focus on the negative, but it doesn’t make them happy). So make people focus on the positive when they’re with you. Make people think positive things when you’re around because then they’ll associate you with positivity.
Make use of the senses: A good, engaging conversation is one that makes use of all different senses. This really isn’t too different to a book. If a book makes you imagine sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feelings, it will engage you more fully than if it just states facts. On top of using the powerful words list, make use of the senses to create a more engaging conversation.
Novelty: Novelty is always a good thing. There’s a great book called Pattern and Entropy in Neurophysics which explains why, so you could read that. . . or, just consider the saying, “Variety is the spice of life.” We love new things, and that includes words. New words are stupendously titillating. The same is true for new combinations of words. New word combinations are exciting even when they don’t make sense, because forms new energy brain patterns love. .. oh sorry. . . I mean, “because our brains love the energy of new forms and patterns.” But when you read that wrong line you would have noticed an increased energy specifically because it was a combination of words you haven’t read before. So, use new words or new sentences or describe thing in new ways to create a heightened energy in your listeners and to grab their attention.
So, those are the rules for using the powerful words list, but what about the powerful words list itself? . . .
Powerful Words List (single words)
these are the absolute most powerful words that there are. They are the cream of the crop from the expansive list of powerful words that were provided at the top of this page.
You : Pretty obvious one. Putting the focus on the person you’re speaking to will naturally get them more involved in the conversation.
Money : You can’t get much more of a buzz word than money. Everyone loves it, everyone needs it, and the mere mention of it will gain people’s interest because, ultimately, everyone ears are always scanning for the sound of “ca-ching”
Safety : A word that naturally produces trust.
Love : The emotional equivalent of “money.” People are always looking for love. It is the most positive and most needed of human emotions. The word will naturally make a listener feel more positive.
Guaranteed : Not as powerful as it once was (thanks to the fact that a guarantee is no longer a guarantee). Still, the word does produce some feeling of authority and security.
Believe: A reassuring word for most, which of course is naturally linked to religion and spirituality. “Believe” makes a listener feel that everything will be okay.
Discover : Creates a sense of adventure and of “opening.” Discover truly is a beautiful word. It makes the listener wonder. It produces the same sort of feeling as opening your favourite book.
Proven : Lump this on in with guarantee, because it’s not as powerful as it used to be. Create a sense of authority.
Passion: A word that inspires people to produce a heightened energy in the moment. It tells us to make the most of life.
New : We discussed above how novelty in speech is a good thing because people love anything new, and that includes the word “new” itself.
Social: Gaining strength from the power of social networking, “social” makes the listener feel connected to society.
Easy : Who doesn’t love the easy way?
Health : Creates feelings of responsibility and of positive living.
Be sure to make use of this powerful word list any time you need to make an impact. And if there are more words you think should be added to the powerful words list, let me know on facebook, twitter or via email and I’ll be sure to update the powerful words list as necessary,