Sten Vesterli's Blog

Speak Nicely to Yourself

Notice how you talk about yourself. It affects your self-image. It can be hard to do while speaking, but lockdown has presented us with an endless succession of Zoom calls to work with. If the meeting is not being recorded, ask if it is OK for you to record it. Zoom now also has an automatic transcription feature that turns the audio into text.

Once you have the recording or text, look at the parts where you are speaking. Notice the words you are using about yourself, your team, and your projects. If you are using neutral or negative words where a positive word would have been reasonable, try saying the sentence to yourself with the improved word. For example, don’t say your team is “doing okay” if you are actually “doing well” or even “doing great.”

Using more positive words will give you increased energy and happiness. Try it.

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