“Change Your Words, Change Your World” – The Power of Words #BCSLearns

The power of words is tough to dispute.  In an article from Fast Company, Using Empathic Listening to Collaborate, “Communications experts estimate, in fact, that only 10% of our communication is represented by the words we say. Another 30 percent is represented by our sounds, and 60% by our body language.”  Try it! In a workshop I attended some time ago, the phrase, we used the words “I didn’t say you were a problem,” to demonstrate how putting extra emphasis on a certain word in that phrase, changes its meaning to an extent.  Say the phrase out loud different times, emphasizing one different word each time.  What happens?  Following are some videos you might find though-provoking, in not powerful.  Check them out!

The following video by Andrea Gardner demonstrates the powerful effect of word choice, semantics, and how changing our words can even change your world.

In the following video, similar to the instructional strategy called “Chalk Talk” two people on a park bench meet and begin communicating in a silly little way through passing notes to each other.  Check out the power of words in this video.


4 thoughts on ““Change Your Words, Change Your World” – The Power of Words #BCSLearns

  1. Elizabeth

    This message was a great one for me to think about before I attend a curriculum writing meeting tomorrow. Thank you for the impact.

  2. msdorazio

    If we associate the amount of money the blind man received from others to the amount of work and effort we as teachers could receive from our students, it is amazing to think that words could create the same change. Purposefully using positive wording over negative wording in the classroom is a benefit to students, and frankly is a benefit to teachers as well! The same message can be communicated in so many different ways. This reminds me of the quote/poster in many classrooms,
    Watch you thoughts, they become words.
    Watch your words, they become actions.
    Watch your actions, they become habits.
    What your habits, they become character.
    What your character, it becomes your destiny.

  3. Lynne Gillespie

    I believe the most revealing part of “change your words, change your world” was going through the exercise, “I didn’t say you were a problem.” Not only do we need to be extremely sensitive regarding content of our words, as educators we also need to be very aware of how our words sound in pitch and timbre. Using accents in our speech inappropriately is an extremely slippery slope. Being aware of how we “sound” is actually just as important as what words we choose. We as teachers need to try and remember daily, that a great way to be confident in using positive words and positive interpretation of sound, is to try and communicate with an open heart. Children can sense when our communication is “off.” Our words will flow naturally from the heart when we approach our students with positive intent.

  4. Nicole T.

    “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”. Who made up that rhyme, anyway? Because it’s completely not true. I think all of us can think of specific, exact words that someone said to us at one point that cut us down. We can also probably remember specific, exact words when someone said something that built us up. There are definitely times no words will help and are sometimes better (like in times of grief), but many times words do make all the difference. And how many times is it not the exact words but the WAY in which they were said (like when I say to my husband, “It wasn’t what you said, it was the tone in which you said it”…that might be more of a woman thing, ha ha!). This all can be hard to remember sometimes, but good to remember. there is absolutely power in words.


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