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10 Phrases That Make You Sound Less Experienced Than You Are

Updated on October 16, 2017
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Ephantus, fondly known as Ephy, is a seasoned freelance writer with a passion for alternative cures and natural medicine.



The modern workplace has become a highly competitive and demanding environment as more people jostle for limited positions. While everyone around you possesses different levels of knowledge and experience, you should never be caught showing people your inexperience as this could render you jobless. Why? Because no employer wants an inexperienced or uncertain employee working for them.Unfortunately, many employees still use certain terms that show that they are uncertain of their qualifications or standing in the workplace. Below are 10 Phrases that make you sound less experienced than you are. These phrases are not only bad in the workplace but also for general daily life.

1. “Hi, I am Mike”

While it is perfectly fine to introduce yourself using your first name in social settings, the rules change when it comes to professional settings. Actually, it can make you sound as if you doubt yourself. Instead of using that approach, share your full name such as “I am Mike Faray, from Taly Consultants”.

3. “Is that Ok?”

Have you ever said this when you needed to run something by your boss? If you intend to go up the corporate ladder, you need to drop this line and sound more confident by saying something like “Let me know by Wednesday whether I should go on with this or not”.

2. “I hope to hear from you soon”

Many people end their emails praying and hoping to hear from the recipients of their mail. While it may seem like you might hear from the recipient, there are high chances that you will never hear from them. Rather than end your mail like this, you need to project confidence and show that you are certain the conversation will continue by ending the email like this “I look forward to hearing from you.”

4. “Extremely, very”

Professionalism dictates that you remove unnecessary adverbs from your language. This is not only because people expect shorter emails, but also because heavy use of adverbs often adds emotion to what is considered fact-based and straightforward communication. If you intend to make a lasting impression, say something like “I am eager to start working with you but my schedule is tight this week, can we plan for next?”

5. ” I am available whenever it is convenient for you”

If you have ever said this to a potential employer, chances are that they never got back to you. Saying this indicates that you are too desperate and too available. Instead, try something like” Monday or Wednesday morning will be fine with me; however, I am happy to be flexible”.

6. “I” and “me”

Reducing your use of the word “I “make people view you as more confident and powerful. Psychologists claim that people who use words such as “me” or “I” in conversations have low social status.

7. “I will try”

Most sensible people will tell you that saying “I will try” is never good enough even in social settings. Remember what happened the last time you “tried” to get to a social event? Chances are that you never made it. Or you never intended to get there.

8. “I may be wrong”

You are highly likely to be wrong and anyone can be. The only problem is that admitting that you have insufficient information or you do not sure make your listeners wary of what you are saying. Rather than indicate that you are not sure, get straight to the idea and if possible phrase it as a question.

9. “I do not know”

Saying this not only annoys colleagues, but also annoys clients. Suppose you walk into a store and ask a store assistant about certain items. Unfortunately, they answered “I do not know”. Saying this shows that you are not intending to find out what you do not know and you are not bothered by your ignorance.

10. “I’m the junior assistant of company X”

Whenever you introduce yourself as a junior assistant in your company, you create certain images in peoples’ minds and allow them to look down on you since you sound less experienced.

Using any of the above phrases is not only unprofessional, it is also a self-fulfilling prophecy. Since no one likes to hang around individuals who are uncertain or inexperienced, most people will just avoid consulting or interacting with you. And when no one can trust your opinion, your professional life is in dire straits.

© 2017 Ephantus


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