Posted by: George E Burney | April 19, 2012

Public Speaking – Why You Must Increase Your Working Vocabulary

Words are powerful. They express ideas. Ideas move people to action. Actions change the world. Therefore, words change the world. They’re just that powerful!

Unfortunately, a great idea can be obscured by a speaker’s poor choice of words in expressing it. A severely limited working vocabulary contributes to this; it ensures that his great idea will be smothered until someone comes along and expresses it clearly. Who is moved to action by an idea they don’t understand?

In a sense, your vocabulary can be divided into two parts. The first segment is filled with words you know and understand, but never use. The second is your working vocabulary, and includes words you know and use.

We understand others when they use words in the first group, but since we never use them in speech ourselves, they have limited value to us as speakers. The words which do double-duty for us are those we use.

So, in order to promote the acceptance your ideas deserve, use words which everyone knows but few use. Words which are colorful, vigorous, precise, and powerful fit the bill. To do that, though, you must first move those words into your working vocabulary.

How? By simply selecting words you want to begin using, and using them in everyday speech. You might select a few “new” words each week, and look for opportunities to use those words. By doing this, you will constantly expand your working vocabulary. This, in turn, will tremendously improve your ability to express your ideas in clear, colorful and powerful speech.

Where would you find those words? In speeches given by good speakers. But for a continuous, never-ending supply, read books by excellent writers. Pay particular attention to the words they use to express their ideas, and adopt and use those words.

Then, when speaking before an audience, the words you need to perfectly express your ideas will present themselves to you, at your service. What a confidence booster!

For a more comprehensive discussion of public speaking, please see my eBook, How To Master Public Speaking, Quickly and Easily, available at For more information, click here:


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