Maybe I Might Try and Probably Do That Stuff

Maybe I Might Try and Probably Do That Stuff

Recently I was privileged to sit on a judging panel for The Sunshine Coast Business Awards. Over a three-day period, I met many wonderful, capable, passionate, dedicated, creative, determined, hard-working people.

In addition to reviewing their written submissions, we were required to evaluate them on the information they provided during their interviews and to score their presentation style.

If I had a dollar for every time I heard the words might, maybe, probably and try, I would be able to go on a cruise…. and it would be a world cruise if the word ‘stuff’ was thrown into the equation. I had no idea how many people were doing good ‘stuff’ on the Sunshine Coast – really good stuff – amazing!

How these words diminished the impact of the entrants’ messages, which is ‘sad’ for it truly was an impressive field of finalists.

Your sub-conscious cannot distinguish the difference between reality and the words you speak.

When you say, “I would probably like to try to get a promotion next year” or “I am just and EA” your sub-conscious hears that you are not at all serious.

Contrast that to an entrant in the Business Awards, when asked about his goals for this financial year said, “We are all committed to a 20% increase in turnover by June 2018 with a projected profit of $x”. My sense tells me he and his team will hit those targets.

When I asked a client in a coaching session last week when they were scheduling a particular piece of work, her response was, “Maybe we will try and do it in the third week of November”. We soon corrected that statement.

If you ask someone to do something and their reply is “I will try and do it this week”, are they serious? No.

If you say to yourself “I will complete this task by 10am”, your commitment level to yourself is solid.

People feel secure around people who are clear and concise. Children pick up very quickly if mum says “You can have a treat after you have eaten all your vegetables’ vs. “If you try to eat up all your veges, maybe I’ll give you a treat after dinner”. Why would the child bother?

Clear, concise, precise communication is compelling and effective.

Tune in this week to all those superfluous, inconsequential words that you use and cut them out of your vocabulary…. you will be more effective and you will find that people listen to you with greater respect.



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