I was watching the Golden Globes on TV yesterday and couldn’t believe how many winners used the popular filler phrase “I just wanna say..” or “All I wanna say is…” during their speeches. These ‘crutch’ phrases are unnecessary and undermine your credibility.
Other filler phrases that people often use (especially in their emails) include “I was writing to…” or “I just wanted to…”. One of the most important aspects of good writing is brevity. Use as few words as possible to express yourself. For example:
Rather than writing “I just wanted to see how you were doing.” say “How are you doing?”.
Inside of “I was writing to ask if you are looking for more committee members.” write “Are you looking for more committee members?”.
In my experience women are particularly guilty of using these phrases in their business communication to ‘soften’ the tone of their writing. What do you think? Write and tell me.