Building up a million dollar vocabulary starts one word at a time. Its having the desire to find one new word per day, and learn it. Why would you want to expand your knowledge of words? Well, it gives you the ability to communicate more clearly and concisely, both written and spoken. You will increase the perception and reality that you are intelligent.
How often have you seen or heard a successful business minded individual use common slang or a poor application of the language. Sure, it gets used, but like doctors or lawyers, there is s certain level professionalism through dialog they use on a daily basis, and doing so often creates a positive outcome.
I’m not suggesting to become a lawyer or doctor but, by expanding your knowledge you are allowing yourself to understand and be part of greater conversations. Doing so will attract the right people into your life, which in turn, allows you to capitalize on potential opportunities that present themselves.
1. Learn a new word each day.
There are a number of sites to do this. Merriam-Websters has a word of the day that you are able to have emailed to you each day. Some words certainly present a challenge in using in a days conversation but that’s part the fun. Using a calendar of your own each day also be an option. Whatever it may be, so long as you are doing it. And if some words you feel need a second day, go for it and don’t feel you must learn a new word every day.
2. Keep a dictionary and thesaurus handy.
Whatever you prefer, since most everyone has a smartphone, its easy enough to find whatever you need there. When you find a new word, look it up in the dictionary to get its pronunciation and its meaning(s). Keep referring back to it when ever needed.
3. Never stop reading.
The more you read – particularly literary works and novels, the more words you’ll come across and be exposed to. As you read and uncover new words, use a combination of attempting to derive meaning from the context of the sentence as well as from looking up the definition in a dictionary.
4. Have a journal handy.
Keeping a journal of all your new words can provide positive reinforcement for learning even more words. It also serves to as a reference point to go back and refresh yourself with previously learnt words.
5. Engage in conversations.
Simply being involved in conversations with others can help you discover new words. And if unsure of new word, don’t be afraid to ask the meaning of that word. You may be surprised if you actually get the right answer or not, especially if you know that word and are just testing the person out. (but that’s another post).
Its easy to make that small step to bettering yourself and knowledge as well, simply pick up a book to read, or listen to/watch pod casts of keynote speakers or those who might be ‘leaders’ in your area of interest. A greater depth of vocabulary also brings the opportunity for change and a greater quality of life. Surrounding yourself with those who converse in conversations with the same level of linguistic knowledge can open doors to possibilities perhaps not open before. Give it a shot, see how it goes.