The Importance of a Good Vocabulary

by Carol Chandler-Wood

Improving your vocabulary is one of the most important academic investments you can make, however, it is often overlooked.  Most of us use slang words and phrases, simple words, and at times even improper grammar when we speak and write.  Good vocabulary is sometimes ignored and is considered to be somewhat “out of style”.   Young people and those seeking college or job acceptance need to be careful about their choice of words because a broad vocabulary will enhance their communication skills, thus causing them to be a more effective speaker, a better conversationalist, and a more convincing leader.   We have probably all been judged by our vocabulary many times recently without even knowing it!

Whether we realize it or not, every time we speak, we use our language to immediately tip others off about how educated, competent, and successful we are. It's not surprising, therefore, that studies have shown that a powerful vocabulary is directly linked to success, status, and income.

Benefits of a strong vocabulary are:

  • Grants you greater respect and credibility - When you are broadening your vocabulary, people will start to pay more attention to you and begin to follow your lead.
  • Boosts your career – Your superiors at work will likely view you as competent.
  • Improves your communication & equips you to easily express your ideas - Having the right words to express your ideas effectively will make a difference in getting your point across.
  • Improves your writing – You will create the impression you intend in your emails and letters.
  • Improves your ability to earn high grades at school or college – You will be writing so well that your grades will likely improve.
  • Improves your confidence with words and conversation – You will reduce the amount of stuttering and stammering for the right word and be able to make your point boldly and clearly without losing others’ interest.
  • Improves your score on tests such as the SAT, ACT, GMAT, and GRE – You will have greater confidence with an advanced vocabulary when taking these type of tests.
  • Improves your spelling - When your emails and letters contain no spelling errors, people will likely view you as educated and may even assume you have a high IQ. 
  • Empowers you with advanced reading and comprehension skills –You will be able to understand the words and concepts in most everything you read.
  • Improves opportunities for promotion and career progression – It has been proven by numerous studies that a good vocabulary is a strong predictor of career success. Having this knowledge will give you a distinct edge over your competition.

Now that you know the benefits of a having a broad vocabulary, it is important to get started now to enhance your own.  For suggestions on the steps to take, you may contact me by email and I will provide a list of techniques which should prove beneficial.


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