Context matters even when using a “two word” power phrase – SCN Encourager

Did you know “thank you” is considered one of the top power phrases?

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 8.38.48 PMPeople perk up their ears when you say it.

Another power phrase is “I’m sorry.”

People like to hear this one, too.

Thanks a lifetime of assorted daily miscues, however, I think I’ve over-used it.

I just don’t generate much “perking” when I apologize anymore.

When I say “I’m sorry,” my family and friends respond with “what’s new?”

So, I’m going to cut back on saying “I’m sorry” for awhile and double-down on saying “thank you” instead.

What’s the use of repeating a power phrase that no longer exerts any power?

It’s time for me to move on… and hopefully, move up.

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 7.48.06 PM“Thank you” will now become my new favorite over-used power phrase.

If you think I’m kidding, check out this article by James Clear.

James is a wonderful writer (I’ve referenced him before) and the seven situations he recommends for inserting a strategic “thank you” will get you thinking.

There’s a method to my madness, for once.

The situations he describes are totally real-world school leader and communicator stuff.

And this makes them practical and do-able.

At least I hope you find them practical and do-able.

This was my hope.

But if I failed–

I’m sorry... oops, I can’t say that anymore!

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