Words matter! Misused words may convey a message that you don’t mean to send. I learned this from professional speaker and my long-time friend Jim Cathcart, a master wordsmith. It’s the difference between anxious and eager.

How many times have you heard someone say “I’m anxious to go on my vacation?” Are they worried about going on vacation? No, they’re looking forward to it, but that’s not what they said! Anxious means full of anxiety and worry. Eager was the word they meant to use. It means looking forward to with joyful anticipation.

There’s a subliminal message to the word anxious. If you use it in a business context, it may convey the message that your anxiety might inhibit your ability to do the job rather than that you are looking forward to the opportunity to contribute.

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