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Words have power. The words you choose to describe yourself and your work say a lot about whether you think you’ll be a success. Your coworkers pick up on these cues, but self-talk can also affect your confidence over time.

In this week’s roundup, we look at the words you should stop saying right away, plus how to be on time (even if you’re a chronically late person), and how to discover when your coworkers are being dishonest.

Ryan Robinson at The Balance: 7 Words You Need To Eliminate If You Want To Be Successful

“Becoming a successful entrepreneur is as much of a mental game, as it is one of finesse and expertise,” Robinson writes. “You can be the most intelligent, talented, and respected person within your industry, but if you don’t believe in yourself and continue to be brutally honest as you move through the extremely difficult stages of growing a business, your failure is all but inevitable.”

To succeed, Robinson suggests banning these seven words from your vocabulary.

Kenna Griffin at ProfKRG: How To Be On Time, Every Time

“I have this friend, we’ll call her ‘Late Kate’ (See what I did there?),” Griffin writes. “Kate is beautiful, fun and thoughtful. I love being around her. She also has a reputation for always being late.”

She goes on to say: “Kate is always late to dinners and get togethers. Her sons are regularly late for school. As they say, Kate probably will be late for her own funeral. My first interaction with Kate every time we’re together is her apologizing for being late.”

If you’re a late Kate, you’re probably familiar with the effect this behavior can have on your personal and professional relationships. In short, your coworkers probably don’t like it when you indicate to them, via your behavior, that their time is less important than yours.

But you can change all that. Griffin’s tips are a good place to start.

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Meghan M. Biro at TalentCulture: The Science of Uncovering Dishonesty at Work

In her latest #WorkTrends podcast, Biro and her guest Phillip Maltin, attorney-at-law and developer of The READ System, talk about how to tell when someone’s being dishonest with you at work.

Two key points:

  • Forming good questions is a good skill to use when attempting to detect lying.
  • Nervous behavior is not just a window into a dishonesty. It’s also a window into honesty. You have to ask the right questions.

To learn more, listen to the podcast or read the recap on TalentCulture.

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