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Understand the Power of Words

Do you remember when you were taught the famous comeback as a kid “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”? We all know how far from the truth that saying is. We are all aware of the enormous power in the meaning of the spoken word and what it means to the person who is on the receiving end. I’m sure you have been the recipient of words of wisdom, words of encouragement, or words of praise. On the other hand we have all experienced condescending words, words that hurt, words that destroyed our spirit, or words that have made us angry.

It is critical that your spoken word is carefully chosen in order to ensure success in all aspects of your life. Words influence your thinking and reinforce concepts within the psyche. The psychological association with the words you speak can affect the outcome of your goals and at what level you achieve. Words that are badly chosen can slaughter your passion, lower your sense of worth, and sabotage your level of enthusiasm. This can retard your progress and produce anemic results. Words that are well chosen can stimulate the psyche, rekindle enthusiasm, generate more insight and vision, increase your expectations, and produce greater outcomes.

The spoken word you choose creates an impression of you and the image you want to portray. If you want to be perceived in a certain way, the words you choose can help you or hurt you. If you want to make and keep friends your spoken word can make it happen. If you want to influence others, choose carefully your words. If you want to drive them away, don’t.

Let us examine the power of words and the words we choose. You know how your words affect others; you can analyze the feedback you get. If you truly want to succeed and be a winner, pay special attention to the words that flow from your mouth. Use it to work for you not against you. Begin today to pay close attention to your spoken word, you will be amazed the power that lies within.


When Words Do Damage

“Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.” -Pearl Strachan

If not carefully chosen, our spoken word can wound others. These wounds can stay with someone for years to follow and affect them in ways we could never imagine. The power of the spoken word is so great that not only can we destroy someone but our words can cause us to self-destruct as well.

Words can be used to slander, to lie, or to destroy the reputation of someone. When one does such things they seldom stop to think of the negative psychological impressions that are implanted into their psyche. After a while it can become almost impossible for this person to utter words of encouragement to others. As the words become more contaminated one’s persona can have a tendency to change as well. Before long this individual may not be able to recognize his/her pattern of speech and why others seem to be repelled by it.

Words have the power to ruin relationships. If words are not chosen carefully, relationships can be destroyed, jobs can be lost, or customers can leave. Remember in life we are constantly engaged in relationships with people. Many of these relationships can promote our success in life. It is of utmost importance that our words are chosen wisely to build relationships and not destroy them.

Parents we sometimes wound our children by the words we speak to them. Unable to cognitively understand why their parents speak to them in a derogatory way, they grow up feeling insecure or put down. By not choosing your words carefully, by talking down to your children, or yelling at them, it can cause serious long-lasting emotional and psychological damage to their tender minds.

Examine the words you speak. Are they destructive? Are the spoken well? Do they encourage or put others down? Make a special effort to choose your words more carefully – they are a reflection of what’s on the inside.

Encouraging Words

One of the most powerful things your words can do is to change the world in which you live. By your choice of words you can influence others in positive ways and as a result achieve peace and prosperity in your life. The following are ways to realize that:


  • Pay a genuine compliment or a kind word to someone who crosses your path. 
  • Say something nice to build someone’s self-esteem and self-confidence. 
  • Your power of words can encourage and motivate someone by saying “you did a good job.” 
  • Say words of comfort to someone sad or grieving. 
  • Use your words to admit when you were wrong. 
  • Use your words to say “I’m sorry” 
  • Don’t forget to say “Thank You” 
  • Use your words to show appreciation 
  • Use your words to show respect for others. 
  • Say thing funny to make someone smile and brighten up their day. 
  • Use your words to help that special someone in your life feel secure with your love. 
  • Use your words to speak to God from your heart to give thanks for the blessing in your life. 
  • Use your words to praise your child for their efforts. 
  • Say words to let your children know what a gift they are to you.



Start today to make a conscious effort to monitor your words. Make it a point to bring friendly words into every relationship in your life. Learn to respond in ways that disperse good and positive energy into the world around you. Be aware that the power you have in your words can move people to act in helpful or harmful ways. Use it to empower self and others.

Choosing Your Words

According to a study carried out by a professor at Penn State University, it showed that irrespective of age or culture, there are many more words in our vocabulary that expresses negative rather than positive emotions.

Our spoken word could mean the difference between failure and success. In choosing more carefully your words it’s essential to envision the impact you want to have on the people around you. Think about how your plans for achieving your goals can be affected positively or negatively by the words you choose? Let’s look at some common negative words we use and how we can make better choices.


  • Change “Problems” to “Challenges”. By looking at the situation as a challenge it is perceived as temporary and solvable. 
  • Change “I can’t” to “I can” or “I will”. 
  • Change “Should Have” to “Could Have”. By doing so it removes guilt and shame and puts no one down. 
  • Change “Always” to “Often” and “Never” to “Seldom”. These two words are exaggerated words and do not convey an accurate meaning. They cause others to become defensive and you seldom get the results you need. 
  • Change “Mistakes” to “Life’s Lessons”. This removes the guilt and shame and allows us to learn from the past.



Remember, a positively spoken word is a powerful affirmation. It can replace any subconscious cues that have the potential to sabotage your success in life. Become more aware of the negative words you say and try to catch yourself saying them.

The spoken word has the power to play a destructive or constructive role in your life. I hope I have helped to bring more awareness to the power of words that flow from you and the impact it has on your world. Always remember to THINK before you discharge your words.






Quotes about Words


“A careless word may kindle strife,A cruel word may wreck a life,A timely word may lessen stress,A loving word may heal and bless.”- Author Unknown


  • “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”–Jesus Christ 
  • “Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so he is.” -Publilius Syrus 
  • “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.” – Plato 
  • “Words are the voice of the heart.” – Confucius 
  • “If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.”-Chinese Proverb 
  • “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” -Rudyard Kipling 
  • “Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.”-Buddha 
  • “Words are alive. Cut them and they bleed.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Benefits of Audiobooks for All Readers

By: Denise Johnson

Audiobooks (talking books) have traditionally been used in schools by teachers of second-language learners, learning-disabled or -impaired students, and struggling readers or nonreaders. In many cases, audiobooks have proven successful in providing a way for these students to access literature and enjoy books. But they have not been widely used with average, avid, or gifted readers. This article lists the benefits of audiobooks for all students.

I love listening to audiobooks. I share my enthusiasm with teachers, parents, students, family members, and anyone else who will listen. Many rejoice right along with me in their merits.

But, at other times, my enthusiasm is met with comments such as “That’s not really reading, is it?” or “I won’t let my students listen to audiobooks because that’s cheating.” Listening to books is certainly different from reading books, but is it cheating? Does listening to audiobooks count as reading?

I suppose the answer to that question must come from one’s own definition of reading. If reading is understanding the content of the story or the theme, then audiobooks certainly succeed. No one would argue the importance of decoding in teaching children to read. But, understanding the message, thinking critically about the content, using imagination, and making connections is at the heart of what it means to be a reader and why kids learn to love books.

Audiobooks have traditionally been used in schools by teachers of second-language learners, learning-disabled or -impaired students, and struggling readers or nonreaders. In many cases, audiobooks have proven successful in providing a way for these students to access literature and enjoy books. But they have not been widely used with average, avid, or gifted readers. Varley (2002) writes, “Uncertain whether audiobooks belong to the respectable world of books or the more dubious world of entertainment, elementary and high-school teachers have often cast a fishy eye at them, and many have opted for the safe course of avoidance.”

It might be appropriate, then, to list the benefits of audiobooks for all students. Audiobooks can be used to:

  • Introduce students to books above their reading level
  • Model good interpretive reading
  • Teach critical listening
  • Highlight the humor in books
  • Introduce new genres that students might not otherwise consider
  • Introduce new vocabulary or difficult proper names or locales
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  • Sidestep unfamiliar dialects or accents, Old English, and old-fashioned literary styles
  • Provide a read-aloud model
  • Provide a bridge to important topics of discussion for parents and children who can listen together while commuting to sporting events, music lessons, or on vacations
  • Recapture “the essence and the delights of hearing stories beautifully told by extraordinarily talented storytellers” (Baskin amp; Harris, 1995, p. 376)

Additionally, many audiobooks are read by the author or include commentary by the author. A recording of The Fighing Ground by Avi, for example, includes an author interview in which he explains how he came up with the idea for the book. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is read by author Jack Gantos and also includes commentary about why he wrote the book. This information can provide students with a connection to the author as well as insight into the author’s thoughts and the writing process.

Even with all the benefits of audiobooks, however, they are not for all students. For some, the pace may be too fast or too slow. For others, the narrator’s voice can be irritating or the use of cassette or CD players can be cumbersome when compared to the flexibility of the book. But the majority of students will find listening to well-narrated, quality literature to be a transformative experience. Varley (2002) states, “If one thing has struck me about the way people describe listening to audiobooks, it is the reported intensity of their absorption and the emotional grip of the experience. ‘They go right to your soul,’ says one listener.”

One reason more audiobooks are not finding their way into classrooms is availability. Public libraries usually have a good quantity of audiobooks, but most school libraries have a limited number – audiobooks are expensive. The cost of cassette or CD players, headphones, and batteries must also be taken into consideration, and though these costs have come down considerably in the last few years, schools typically do not budget funds for such purchases.

If money is available for purchasing audiobooks, it is important for librarians and teachers to do their homework before buying. Single-author unabridged audiobooks tend to be the best, though some dramatizations (such as Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, read by the author with a cast of more than 40 British actors) can be excellent. There are many sources of audiobook reviews readily available online, such as Also available online are free audiobooks of older children’s titles such as the Beatrix Potter books atWired for Books and the Wizard of Oz stories at Audiobooks for Free.

Audiobooks can be a welcome addition to every classroom. Many students are avid readers while others are struggling to become readers and still others have given up hope. Audiobooks have something to offer all of them.

Denise Johnson is an assistant professor of reading education at the College of William amp; Mary in Virginia. This article is excerpted with permission from Reading Online, a publication of the International Reading Association, copyright 2003.


How to Create an Audio CD from MP3 Files Using Free Software

Nowadays, the MP3 file seems to be the most common way to store digital music.  A lot of people have vast collections of songs, yet not every device out there in the world can actually play them.  A lot of music systems, both in the home and in the vehicle, don’t know what to do with MP3 files.  In these situations, you may want to put your MP3 files onto a regular Audio-CD that can be played in most CD Players.

Below, I’ll show you an easy way to do this using the excellent, built-in, (and most importantly, free) Windows Media Player.

What You’ll Need:
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 12
  • A CD Writer Drive
  • MP3 Files
  • A Blank CD
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1.  Insert a blank CD into your CD-Writer Drive (henceforth known as the CD Burner).

2.  Open Windows Media Player.

3.  Navigate through the Library until you find the songs you want to burn.

4.  Click on the BURN tab on the top-right.

5.  Drag ‘n’ drop your songs from the left into the ‘Burn List’ on the right.

Set To Burn Audio CD6.  When you’re done adding songs, go ahead and click on the BUTTON at the top right as shown in the screenshot (it’s the one with the small checkbox and down-arrow).

7.  This will bring up a small settings menu.  In the menu, make sure that ‘Audio CD’ is checked.  This will tell Windows Media Player to automatically convert your MP3 Files to CD Audio.

8.  Once you’re satisfied, click on ‘Start Burn’.

9.  After the burn has completed, you might choose to test it in your vehicle or home audio system to make sure it worked.

I recommend that you leave your computer alone while it’s converting and burning your CD, as this will help minimize errors.

If you’re having any issues with CD’s not burning properly (after which they are affectionately known as ‘Coasters’), you might want to try unplugging your computer from the internet and temporarily shutting down background processes such as Anti-Virus.  Just be sure to turn them back on before you reconnect the internet connection.

Audio-CD Burning Alternatives to Windows Media Player
If you’d like to have a little more control over your burn, or prefer not to use Windows Media Player, you might want to have a look at this excellent article which has several alternatives listed:

Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software