10 powerful, motivating words

Words can motivate. The things CEOs and managers say are often magnified by the employees and colleagues we are trying to lead in a certain direction.

Inc.com’s Jeff Haden echoes this sentiment and highlights a guest blog post from Courtney Seiter, who works for social-media sharing tool Buffer. Seiter lists 10 words and phrases that are extremely motivating, and seven that are not.

Her 10 motivating words:

  1. If. Thinking hypothetically takes the pressure off people and can improve performance.
  2. Could. Saying “could” instead of “should” can aid creativity.
  3. Yes. 
  4. Together. This word creates a team atmosphere.
  5. Thank you.
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