There’s a good reason executives wield such a hefty vocabulary with ease.
Before you shout out the answer, It is not higher education. Only a small portion of the top 1% of business leaders possess advanced degrees. And they also consistently outscore PhD’s on vocabulary tests.
And no, it’s not developed talent or natural aptitude aren’t the root cause (no doubt they definitely help).
The real reason why executive status goes hand in hand with high IQ and superior vocabulary?
Reading. Lots and lots of reading.
Consider for a moment, that the average American reads only one book per year. To make it worse: 60% percent of the people in the States who pick up a book never even get past the first chapter.
Compare that with executives who have a voracious reading habit of at least reading one book per week and you’ll understand that reading is essential if you want to be successful..
Reading is so important that without a regular intake of books, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll reach any serious success.
This seems to pose a problem: if you want to reach higher levels of success, you would need to read hundreds of books. After all, if massive reading is a trait shared by all executives, it’s going to be difficult to reach their level without emulating their behavior.
But where do you find the time to read so many books? Is there a shortcut?
Actually, there is.
It’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation: When you increase your vocabulary, you’ll reading comprehension goes up proportionally. This allows you to read faster, therefore, digesting more books in a shorter amount of time.
Conversely, when you read more books, your vocabulary will grow too. Reading actually reinforces the addition of words to your brain, moving the vocabulary from a passive to a ready to absorb (or unleash) passive state.
By reading more books and learning more words in tandem, the one activity’s neurological effects amplifies the other’s.
You know more words so you’ll understand more; so you’ll read faster; which means you’ll absorb more new words, which in turn increases your comprehension and makes your reading faster, and so on and so forth.
In the end, you’ll literally zip through books that before you found too mentally taxing or tiring to read. In fact, many of our clients report that they experienced a major shift: for the first time in their lives reading books has become a pleasurable activity instead of a bland chore.
You too could become a voracious reader. It’s stands as one of the most powerful strategies to catapult yourself for higher levels of status in career and society.
Who knows, maybe you will also end up reading four to six books per month, just like successful executives. Imagine the effect it would have on your intelligence and your communication. More words with faster recall, means fast and accurate communication. And the positive feedback created from accurate communication leads to leaps in your confidence.
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Written by Greg Ragland, President, CEO of CommEdge LLC producers of Vocabulary Zone and the corresponding Vocabulary Certifications: College Preparedness, Ph.D. Vocabulary and Executive Level Vocabulary