If you want to be seen as a doer, somebody who can be depended upon to get a job done, answer with “I will” whenever possible.
According to George Walther, author of Power Talking: 50 Ways to Say What You Mean & Get What You Want (1991,) expressions such as “I’ll try” make you seem hesitant—even ineffective.
Recall all the people who’ve promise to do something by saying, “I’ll try to get back to you tomorrow.” They rarely do. They have to be reminded, prodded, and nagged.
Those who announce, “I’ll have an answer for you by two this afternoon,” typically follow through.
Idea for Impact: Watch Your Language
Your choice of words matters. You are building your reputation—your brand—one interaction at a time.
Your assertions set the tone for what others can expect from you. They also motivate you to get the job done as you’ve promised.
Speak the language of success.