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TODAY   |  May 16, 2013

5 tips to sound smarter when you talk

Courtenay Smith from Reader’s Digest and Terri Sjodin, author of “Small Message, Big Impact,” share tips for clear speaking: Say what you mean and expand your vocabulary, they suggest.

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>>> if only it just took glasses.

>> how to sound smarter in a tech-driven world of l.o.l., in a world that's become a although more casual.

>> grammar tips to help you make the good impression. courtney smith is the executive editor of "readers' digest" for people who know how to read.

>> and terry shodeen, author of "small message, big impact ."

>> it is true, because we're so techie and there's auto correct on spelling and everything else, we don't pay as much attention to grammar as we used to, do we?

>> i was texting my daughter and for the first time i did "u-r" for your. what's one of the things we do to make us sound stupid?

>> the word "like" is universally disliked. it's all about what impression you want to send.

>> and absolutely. the goal is, what is your intention. so if you're selling yourself on the job interview or selling a product or a service or a philosophy or idea, you're trying to present yourself and your ideas in a way that's attractive to people and inspires them to want to hear more.

>> we're sabotaging our own success, in other words.

>> let's see how smart we are, shall we? we're going to look at movie clips and see if we can pick out the grammatical error, let's start with a clip from "mean girls."

>> his name is aaron.

>> no, no, you can't like aaron. that's gene ex-boyfriend.

>> they went out for a year.

>> i thought she dumped him for shane.

>> irregardless, ex-boyfriends are off-limits to friends.

>> irregardless.

>> we knew it.

>> regardless covers it and a good memory trick is that the "ir" in irregardless is irrelevant.

>> oh!

>> okay. i love the movie "anchorman." let's see if we can find the grammatical error.

>> greg killed a guy.

>> did you throw a trident.

>> horses, a man on fire and a killed a guy with a trident.

>> rick i've been meaning to talk to you about that, you should find yourself a safe house , lay low for a while because you're probably wanted for murder.

>> i thought it was perfect. what happened? what was wrong?

>> he used trident, which is a noun as a verb?

>> no, actually --

>> he did.

>> let's let the pros tell us.

>> here's what jumped out at me is the lay low .

>> lie low.

>> it's lie low.

>> but it's a colloquial term we've come to accept.

>> just making a statement.

>> they are their own distinct words. brick laid someone low by killing them. but you lie low after murdering someone.

>> maybe he meant the other word.

>> laid low. if you know what i'm saying.

>> one more quick one.

>> go ahead.

>> well i'm honored. this place is so cool.

>> me and my dad built this.

>> my dad and i built this.

>> you would never say me built it. and you take out the other person and --

>> did you know that, hoda?

>> i did know that should you correct people in front of people?

>> yes.

>> no, the important thing is to present yourself in a way that helps you to move your intentions forward. whatever your goal is. so if it's a job interview , you want to sell yourself in a way that inspires them to say, let's give this person the next interview or let's give them the job. so words are important. they do matter.

>> all right. kids.

>> when you say correctly, you add -- speak correctly, you add panache to your personality.

>> that is, like, so true.