12 Smart, Powerful, Professional Words to Use at Work [Business English Vocabulary Lesson]

Hello naturals, welcome back to go natural English, it’s me Gabby your favorite American English teacher today I match my plants and today I’m gonna help you to speak more professional powerful English in the workplace you might feel Frustrated with being limited to really basic English vocabulary, but you don’t know where to start You don’t know where to begin to improve your vocabulary So we are gonna work on that today with 12 words that you should know To make your English more professional and more powerful This will help you if you’re in a job interview at the workplace in a meeting or in academic Situations like at your University now I don’t know if you knew this But I have been an English professor at universities in the United States and in Japan and I’ve also been a business English trainer at multinational corporations both Abroad and in the US so I am here to help you with your professional English Now we’re gonna take a look at twelve words Now the number one thing that you want at work or in any of these situations is to sound professional so using these words at least some of them will help gain you the respect that you Want and deserve. This is an easy way to sound more impressive in English and these small changes will make a big impact when you speak stay tuned until the end because the last word is a Replacement for the most unprofessional sounding word that you definitely want to avoid number one certainly, you can use this instead of saying yes, or Okay, which are fine, but very basic boring words. So to sound more professional Say certainly, for example, if your boss asks, you could you come to the meeting today? You can say certainly instead of okay, or sure Would you mind making some extra? Photocopies for everyone certainly certainly I can do that. Certainly. That’s no problem. Certainly certainly We can also use the word certainly to mean definitely for example This is certainly a wonderful English lesson Next many people are afraid of change And they really don’t like when they already did some work and then they have to change it so instead of using the word change, let’s use a more powerful more professional vocabulary word modify to modify Now we’re going to have to modify this Project timeline because we’re a bit delayed after some unforeseen circumstances Unforeseen circumstances is a bonus phrase That sounds very smart which basically means some things happen that you didn’t expect unforeseen circumstances we need to modify the schedule because the last speaker ran late so modify is usually used for schedules or Timelines you can also modify a report or an email to in our professional lives We all should have goals. But instead of using this very common basic word goals Let’s use a more professional version objectives objectives Another option would be aspiration aspiration but the difference is objective can be used really for anything a project your career or anything that you would like to achieve an Aspiration is really more about your personal dreams. So for example if you’re in an interview Your interviewer might ask you. Well, what are your goals for your Professional life and you could say my aspiration is to someday become department manager. For example But you can also say objective my objective is to become department manager you could say the objective of the project is to reach 1,000 people instead of saying guess which in and of its self can sound a bit weak. We should say imagine if you feel like you’re not sure about something or you want to share a guess say I Imagine that’s correct. I Imagine this would have good results. I Imagine that our boss would agree with this I imagine this project will take about one week where guests might make you sound a bit unsure Imagine makes you sound like a visionary Instead of the basic word think let’s use consider Consider let’s consider the possibilities. Will you consider? Modifying the format now if you’re meeting with someone and they’re being a bit confusing instead of saying what do you mean? Which can sound quite direct and not very professional. Ask the person to Elaborate to explain more to tell you more information or give you examples. Could you? Elaborate on that last point should I elaborate or is this clear now? Don’t say happen say arise Arise we’ve had some unforeseen complications arise Surprisingly no problems have arisen Should any questions arise please don’t hesitate to ask Instead of saying result which is already a good professional English vocabulary word Let’s step it up a level and sake Ramification now ramification is more specific than a result a ramification is a result or a consequence but ramification usually has a Negative connotation. So be aware of that. For example, if we modify the timeline the ramifications could be severe if you just want to say some positive results you could say consequence or Results result is just fine – but if you want to sound really smart and there’s something negative That would be the result use ramification. Don’t ask for opinions ask for perspectives or Prerogatives. What’s your perspective on this issue? What’s your prerogative? On this point, I love these words. Let’s practice saying them because they’re a bit tricky to pronounce Perspective pay attention to that stress perspective and Prerogative Prerogative when I hear this word I do Always remember the Bobby Brown song or also a Britney Spears songs So you could listen to those to practice your pronunciation Now perspective or prerogative are for asking an individual’s opinion But if you want to ask a group of people you’ll sound really smart if you ask what is the consensus now consensus means what do we generally agree on so you’re not asking for each individual person’s opinion You’re actually asking what is the general agreement here everyone? It seems the consensus is okay Let’s see if we can reach a general consensus. Don’t say easy. Say straight forward straightforward means simple uncomplicated or easy but it sounds a lot better when you say Straightforward than easy. It sounds more professional More powerful and more academic and smarter. So this project should be pretty straightforward I don’t foresee any complications now many people consider the overuse of the word like to be very Unprofessional so especially if you are in an interview or a professional situation avoid using the word like Especially more than twice in one sentence Of course we can use the word like it can mean many things but if you’re using as a filler like to like say Like when you don’t know like what else to say? It’s like really unprofessional So avoid using it as a filler and another meaning of like is to say for example If you’d like to learn all the ways that native English speakers use The word like you can click up there to watch a really great video where I explain every way we use it and how you should and shouldn’t use it now in a professional situation if you want to say for Example avoid using like because it’s so basic and so overused and instead say for instance For example or such at we should modify this designs colors For instance more green and blue. I would like this campaign to have more diversity For instance. The model should be different ages next week. We are going to be talking about how to ace any interview how to answer the most difficult interview questions using professional English, of course so make sure that you subscribe and turn the Notification bell on because these days it’s not enough to subscribe you won’t get notified You have to actually turn the notifications on so that you don’t miss out last week We talked about phrases that you can use and your business email writing and that video is right over here So I’ll see you there. Thanks so much I hope you enjoyed this video and I’ll see you there and then I’ll see you in next week for our Interview video lesson. Bye for now

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28 thoughts on “12 Smart, Powerful, Professional Words to Use at Work [Business English Vocabulary Lesson]

  1. The best Gabby Wallace do it is speaking English with us obviously just to make sure you don't lose your confidence……
    Thanks gabby
    And thanks naturals to choose the correct teacher 😊😊😊😊😊

  2. Thanks for your helping towards this amazing language i am from somali also relate me this phone 252619505226 i need to ask some reasonable questions thanks madam

  3. Hi Naturals! I'm enthusiastic to share a dozen vocabulary words that you can use to replace basic, boring, kind of unprofessional words — and sound smarter, more powerful and more professional! Here's to your success through English! xoxo

  4. Gabby!! Please.. can you put the subtitle because people don't speak English try to understand the all words you say ❤️❤️

  5. Fun fact: most of these alternative words originate from Latin and they are very common in romance languages speaking countries and part of the base vocabulary. So for English learners in countries like France, Italy, Romania for example, it is more practical to use the elevated words instead of the usual English ones. 🙂
    Let's take Romanian (my native language) as an example:

    To elaborate – a elabora
    Certainly – cert, în mod cert.
    For example – de exemplu
    To modify – a modifica
    Objective – obiectiv
    Aspiration – aspirație
    To imagine – a imagina
    To consider – a considera

  6. Plz it's a humble request of mine… plz taught me how to read English properly… I mean.. I m sometimes stuck in this…. can't explain my dilemma properly… hope u will understand… where to take pause while read n speaking… plz make a video on it… plz see my typing pattern… its that ok… how u gonna read this..and then speak it…
    Regards from Macau

  7. Gabby , enjoyable is nothing compared to what I felt in this lesson , I'm ecstatic here 😄😍

    Yeah , lots of new words , and I totally agree with you on the term SMART , it's exactly the way I'm feeling right now with all these possibilities Gabby , having new vocabulary , I can modify the structure of many sentences I've already , that I know !

    Impressive Gabby , this lesson has revolutionized my life from now on hahaha

    It was straightforward to catch up , Gabby .

    Yeah I'm increasing my vocabulary list and it's awesome !!! 😀😃😄 , of course ! I need to work on it from now on , this is one of my favorite part learning English , to work on the new 😀 I'm rejoicing with this lesson , Gabby , it's amazing when We have the chance , opportunity to modify our dialect sometimes , it makes me feel brand new , thank you for everything Gabby 🌺

    Hey , you're wonderful thank you for everything 💞💕

  8. Your face is a cure for depression. The bad looking of life and psychological association .you are in my heart. I can't forget you💔

  9. Certainly
    For example/for instance

  10. This lesson was really great! Thank you Gabby, I've been improving my English watching your videos and lessons. You're so amazing teacher!!

  11. Hello Gabby! Nice to see you! This lesson comes just in time to me. I will need to try to use such words soon. Thank you so much!

  12. Gracias por tus finas atenciones y por compartir tu pasión, en verdad es muy placentero escuchar hablar tu inglés bendiciones.

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