12 big advantages of building a rich vocabulary

If vocabulary is your forte, you are blessed. You are in good stead to succeed. I hope that you will continue to hone your language skills especially your vocabulary, and in particular your functional vocabulary.

Here are 12 reasons a strong vocabulary is good for you..

  1. The world perceives people with rich vocabularies to be more creative, and more intelligent.
  2. People with larger vocabularies get hired quicker,
  3. People with larger vocabularies are promoted faster.
  4. People with larger vocabularies are listened to more.
  5. The big winners are the ones who are able to use rich vocabularies with grace. 
  6. People with good vocabularies use words which fit the situation.
  7.  People with rich vocabularies carry out rich conversations.
  8. People with rich vocabularies hardly sound inappropriate.
  9. Their words and sentences slide gracefully off their tongues.
  10. People with rich vocabularies are more esteemed and more respected.
  11. People with good vocabularies sound more confident.
  12. People with good vocabularies are more interesting to listen to and to read.

How do you build a good vocabulary that will stand you in good stead to succeed?

Experts say “the difference between a respected vocabulary and a mundane one is only about fifty words! You don’t need so much to sound like a big winner. A mere few dozen words will give the impression that you have an original and creative mind.”

 “In his book”How to talk to anyone,” Lell LOWNDES says acquiring a “super vocabulary is easy. You needn’t strain to do that.”

Let me summarise the advice that Lell Lowandes gives.  He advises you to think of a few tired, overworked words you use every day – words like smart, nice, pretty, or good. Then get a dictionary or book of synonyms (online) Look up the boring, tired word and find a list of alternatives. Taking the word smart as an example, he says you will find dozens of synonyms such as ingenious, resourceful, adroit, shrewd. You must choose a few favourite ones and practise saying them aloud ‘until they become a natural staple of your vocabulary.’  The next time you want to compliment someone on being smart, say instead:

“How ingenious!” “It’s ingenious!”

“How astute!” “Quite astute of you”

“That is resourceful”

“That is clever.”

If you do this, and take it serious, within a short time, you will be far ahead of thousands of your peers.

Dear friend, flying to the top is not magic. Sometimes, just a little trick will put you miles ahead.


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