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Are Superlatives Killing Your Credibility?

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Tips and tricks you can use to improve your speech patterns: https://gentl.mn/superlatives-in-speech SHOP THE VIDEO 1. Shantung Silk Striped Two Tone Bow Tie Bronze Orange, Green, Cream: https://gentl.mn/2OAn9Yc 2. Light Blue Veronica Persica Boutonniere: https://gentl.mn/2LXABaa 3. Orange, Green, Blue, Yellow, Silk Wool Medallion Pocket Square: https://gentl.mn/2LXzB66 4. Monkey's Fist Knot Cufflinks - Vermeil Sterling Silver Yellow Gold Plated: https://gentl.mn/2O5WWzX #superlatives #reputation #notsponsored What is a superlative? A superlative is a part of speech usually an adjective or adverb that is expressing the utmost or highest in quality. A superlative can also refer to an exaggerated expression of praise. Why do these superlatives matter? Our answer is that using superlatives this much robs our conversations of three things, variety specificity and veracity. The first thing is variety. As you might well imagine there are all kinds of other words in the English language that we can use to describe things aside from simply best or worst. Next is specificity. If you use other words aside from just best and worst not only does it add more variety but you can make your point much more clearly. It's always helpful for the listener if you can provide a more nuanced position in your speech. Last of these three points is veracity and this is the one we feel superlatives really hit the hardest. If you overuse superlatives in your speech it will eventually diminish your trustworthiness among your peers if you're using these words all the time. Another reason to avoid superlatives is because they interfere with your ability to make reasoned arguments and have nuanced opinions. After all when someone offers their opinion, their end goal is usually to try to convince their listener of their own point of view. Here's an important subset of using superlatives. The words love and hate. Especially in American culture these two words are used all the time even though if you think about it, they're pretty extreme. Tips and tricks on how you can avoid using superlatives: First take a day to observe how many superlatives you use yourself or how many you hear in daily life. Next take a day to observe all the things you say that you love or hate regardless of the context or how you might have meant it in the moment. After observing these habits make an effort to try to construct your sentences differently and with more nuance in the future. To wrap up, our philosophy on this topic is simple. If you want to be a more genuine person you have to speak genuinely. --------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------ Want to stay updated? Sign up here for free: https://gentl.mn/2v9msxb Want to see more videos? Subscribe to our channel! https://www.youtube.com/user/thegentlemansgazette --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gentleman's Gazette https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/ https://gentl.mn/2KlQr9P Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gentlemansgazette FREE EBOOK: https://gentl.mn/2v9msxb
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Gentleman's Gazette (12 days ago)
Ladies and gentlemen, this was the first video Preston ever filmed, and I think he did very well. it takes time to find one's voice. Just watch my first video and you can see I made some progress. Btw, it is Preston's birthday today so happy 24th birthday Preston https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/sven-raphael-schneider/?utm_campaign=social-lead-gen&utm_medium=video&utm_source=youtube&utm_content=superlatives-in-speech&utm_term=youtube-description
J .S (2 days ago)
I can feel the enthusiasm.
Alvise Venza (6 days ago)
Good job Preston! And happy birthday!!
karodora (10 days ago)
Excellent. For those of us with hearing problems, he is perfect.
Rye Hots (10 days ago)
definitely want to see more. Preston's topic is very important for gentlemen to realize
Jared Vineyard (11 days ago)
Awesome video and an excellent job for your first time. I watch all of the Gazzette's videos and I am happy you are a part of the team. Keep up the good work Preston.
Todd C Wolf (1 day ago)
Preston is a singer, isn't he? Is there any videos on YouTube of him preforming? I'd like to hear him.
Ricardo Guinto (1 day ago)
Is it just me or does the entire plant in the background keep moving
Ricardo Guinto (1 day ago)
I guess you need to loosen up a bit man
Westley Greenhalf (3 days ago)
You did a good job and it was an interesting subject of discussion.
Scott Enock (3 days ago)
Good job on your first video Preston.
Matthew P. (4 days ago)
It was obvious Preston was nervous. The majority of us commenting would be when making a YouTube video as well. I love the channel and I think Sven & Preston make a dynamic team.
Apentogo (5 days ago)
"whatre superlatives?" -100 credibility points "NOOOO" well to be fair im german.
Ima Karimah (5 days ago)
I wish my brows as active as his
Thomas Brennan (5 days ago)
Whoda Kat (5 days ago)
Good video!
William Litvak (6 days ago)
This was *LITERALLY* the best you-tube video I've ever seen you do.  You are easily in the top 10 of the Gentleman's Gazette presenters I've ever seen.   And I mean that ....sincerely.
JordanMandas Official (6 days ago)
Anyone who thinks this guy couldn’t steal their girl is out of their mind. Fortunately he’s likely too polite to do so
Jack Beach (6 days ago)
If you really look at his face it looks like he just figured out that you can use facial expressions and he's about to snap
Alexander Gentle (6 days ago)
For your first video how you explained the subject was very simple and informative it made me really think about how I talk to the people around me even putting a comment I had to erase it a few times because I didn't just want to say you did a great job but you did looking forward to see more videos with you as the lead
J J (6 days ago)
Why did he look tilted if leaning sideways? Otherwise good video
Stefan Schiffner (6 days ago)
Nice effort! And thanks for pointing this out. Finally, there is a video I can share on a subject which I often puzzles me with Americans especially, but not only
Aeregon Cricket (7 days ago)
Is it just me or does he remind me of Conner?
IamTheOnlyLink (7 days ago)
I’m enjoying Preston’s videos! He has a very warm sense of charisma with his delivery and is very honest with himself. I could sense the nervousness but he still remained confident and poised. Looking forward to more videos from you both!
Effortless Gent (7 days ago)
Great job, Preston!
TheTrueHappy (7 days ago)
Is this the new hire?
Jason Vasquez (7 days ago)
I enjoyed your video, Preston. Your directness about your nervousness, the humor, and topic made this a video that I will definitely watch again. Regarding the topic of superlatives, while I try to remain cognizant of how I express my thoughts, I do catch myself speaking or typing like this sometimes. This is another one of these linguistic pitfalls to look out for! I also wanted to point out two typos I noticed in the video: the first at 7:18, where the sentence contains “construct you’re sentences differently” and at 7:46, with the word “genuinely” spelled incorrectly. Despite this, I look forward to more of your videos!
Tom McMorrow (7 days ago)
I jumped out of my skin when the video first loaded! Well done! You have a pleasant demeanor and a commanding presence. You know that of which you speak and act with the confidence of authority. I look forward to seeing more from you, Preston! A wonderful Happy Birthday as well. At your age, I was just beginning to put my head on straight! I'm happy to see not everyone was so blase' about their early 20's.
abatemarco (7 days ago)
I like it. You need to relax more.
Rin Wesley (7 days ago)
He looks like a recent graduate from Devo University--and that is a very good thing.
Neil Crawford (7 days ago)
Oh darling this is such a Devine video on the subject.....
Will Smith (8 days ago)
Very good video and a great host!
Kia Jones-Glenn (8 days ago)
I figured you were new so I kept listening. I grew to like you. Great execution for a beginner! You will get into your own groove soon. I am truly excited to hear more from advice you. I would loosen up in the neck area. Comments below say you resemble an android (they meant no harm). It’s your slicked back hair combined with your elongated neckline. Relaxing a bit will ease that appearance. Move a little while talking. Turn your head, nod, and change facial expressions.
Ryan Noise (8 days ago)
I find myself becoming fond of this gentleman & his professionalism is quite superb. Well done Sir 🥂
J G (8 days ago)
All hairlines in this channel are fleeting like They owe alimony
Law Man (8 days ago)
I think you did well. Thank you for the video and welcome to the channel.
Justin Choe (8 days ago)
This guy is very charming. I'm down with more Preston.
Mihir Vaze (8 days ago)
who is preston?
Adam McDonald (8 days ago)
I think you did a great job for your first solo video. Only thing I found awkward was when you were turning around showing off your suit. Now if you have a limp because of injury or you were born with it, I get it. If not, might want to work on trying to smooth that out or...if the budget is there, get a turn table you can stand on that rotates slowly to show off the suit. Just a thought.
Newp E (8 days ago)
I LOVED this video
barkon (8 days ago)
I'm not sure if you're being pedantic or mocking pedants. As a pedant myself, I agree with nearly everything you talked about though, I still feel you might be making fun of me.
InabilityToBeBrief (8 days ago)
You’re listing to your left. Wearing one shoe?
Lucas Gondreau (8 days ago)
Fantastic job, Preston! I've done a fair amount of things like this (as in, uncomfortable public speaking), so I'm impressed by your first attempt here, and your ability to compose yourself, keep a good pace of speech, and articulate your words to precisely. When I saw the call for an additional host go out, I didn't think they'd get someone who started off so well! Nothin' against you, Sven, but I gotta say, I think he's more of a natural than you were when you started! :P Also, excellent style! (As in, how you're dressed.) I wear glasses myself, so I can especially appreciate how particularly chosen and good your glasses look on you, too. (Oh, and good choice of hairstyle! It suits you.) I think it's very cool and interesting that you're a jazz singer; I wonder if any bit of that might ever overlap with something here! (Maybe a video or two on the topic of music? I really enjoy classic jazz, and find it's extremely gentlemanly.) I look forward to more videos by you in the future! I continue to enjoy how Gentleman's Gazette continues to grow in such positive ways. I've been a fan since I found your first video! Keep up the great work Preston, Sven, and anyone else behind the scenes there at the Gazette and Fort Belvedere! (Had to edit it to take out a small superlative! 😜)
Tomisha Moore (8 days ago)
Preston is a great addition to the Gentleman's Gazette. I will share this video with Rudolph. Thank you, Preston, for a great first and informative video. Happy Birthday To You! Oh and by the way do you have videos of you singing?
endautrestermes (8 days ago)
Give the man a chance: he's using superlative body language to prove his point :p
C.E. Parks (8 days ago)
This guy needs to relax. Way too many facial expressions. Slow down on the speech.
Jonathan Benitez (8 days ago)
Great outfit as well! I will definitely be clicking on your future videos!
Jonathan Benitez (8 days ago)
Excellent job!!!
Tomas Westerlund (9 days ago)
Most millennial English speakers today have a speech impediment. Natural speakers of English spoke with more clarity 30 years ago than now.
Todd Phelps (9 days ago)
Excellent topic, I place a lot of importance on the clarity of communication and enjoyed this video very much. Additionally, I find Preston immediately likable; I'm looking forward to more of his videos.
ThatSpyGuy (9 days ago)
“The defense in that baseball game...” Mmhmm
larzonya (9 days ago)
Brilliant. Well done!
Julien T (9 days ago)
Superlatives have been in regular use for millennia. Rather than outright discouraging their use, perhaps discouraging against their overuse would be most suitable (to use a superlative) to remedy the problem in modern English.
Samuel Golson (9 days ago)
he needs contrast his skin tone almost blends into his shit. All in all great video, most bestest ever.
1978ajax (9 days ago)
It's worse even than that; now common for your average teen to say; 'That was _literally_ the best movie ever.' , when it isn't - they just liked it a bit. Reaction to Mr new presenter? - I'd like him to wind down the intensity a good deal. I feel as though someone's trying to sell me something I don't want. Early days, I know.
James S (9 days ago)
President Trump should view this.
Andy OC (9 days ago)
Kardashians: "literally", a very overused verbal crutch at present. It annoys me no end. "like, I literally went to the toilet and took a huge $hit", you took a dump, you vile fame-addicted cretin. Anything "literal" about that is completely redundant.
Way to go Preston! I think you were grea
Jonny A (9 days ago)
Great job, Preston. Happy Birthday!
hpqz (9 days ago)
I hear AWESOME so often it really is awesome. .... Ugh !
Das literarische Solo (9 days ago)
On that topic I advise to have another look at Norman Fairclough’s work!
B0sTonCeltics20534 (9 days ago)
Who is this guy, was there a corporate take over or something
PhycoKrusk (9 days ago)
It’s easy in this video to tell that Preston is nervous; there are several facial tics that appear to give it away. However, it’s also easy to tell that this is something he’s very interested in, so it’s clear he’s nervous because he wants to do a good job. You did a good job with this, Preston. You’ll get even better with practice. Mr Schneider made an excellent choice.
Deep Web Oficial (9 days ago)
New blood jejeje good boy!! :D
Seth Harley (9 days ago)
Definitely thumbs up
PiranhaJaw22 (9 days ago)
this guy looks and sounds like a doctor
iBeOnThat Kryptonite (9 days ago)
@Donald Trump
Ethan Mitchell (9 days ago)
1:55 lol
Jan Kuhnert (9 days ago)
Great first video, well done 😊👍⭐️👍😊
People´s Place (9 days ago)
I need that gentleman’s instagram!!!
Mr. Comments (9 days ago)
He could be some friend of Patrick Bateman! Very interesting video, looking forward to seeing Preston more often. Well done.
Freddy A Ramirez (9 days ago)
Your authenticity out does your nervousness. I myself could not tell that you were nervous whatsoever.You’re a great speaker
The Johnson Channel (9 days ago)
Who's this fella I like him better
Momo mimi (10 days ago)
I love lamp
ForbinColossus (10 days ago)
YUGE! *Tremendously YUGE* = stuporlatives
Chris Sheader (10 days ago)
Really enjoyed this; congratulations on your first video.
Mayorman Sheeps (10 days ago)
I much prefer Sven over Preston, but I must admit, it's great to see him poking a little fun at the comments and reactions of the subscribers!
Nacion alista (10 days ago)
I’m loving that bow tie gotta get one ASAP!
CrazedSorce (10 days ago)
I really love pizza, though.
Mikal (10 days ago)
Clear, eloquent language = clear and sophisticated thought. Language conveys the capacity for complexity and communicates social and situational awareness. Paraphrasing Einstein: State everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. Great video and interesting idea for expanding the GG universe!
Eva E. (10 days ago)
Oh that moving background is so distracting
Julia Antonova (10 days ago)
As a linguist, I did enjoy this video. I’m glad this topic gets covered, because speech is just as important for a good image, as the attire. Good luck with further videos. Cheers!
Enter Username (10 days ago)
This guy is such a cliche
mandavaler (10 days ago)
What happened to sven?
C Hipp (10 days ago)
It is difficult for people to accept change, but smart move for Sven. If he is the only face of the brand, he will struggle to grow the brand because he spends all his time making videos.
Dylan G (10 days ago)
Are there any videos of Preston singing? Id really like to hear that
Colorado King (10 days ago)
I enjoy listening to Jazz, how do I obtain some of your music or chanel perhaps. Great video. I Love big words! Haha
Darren Otey (10 days ago)
No offense, but if Sven is not in the video I am off
Darren Otey (10 days ago)
Who in the world is this?
Austin Kim (10 days ago)
He looks like he's tilting
Madhu Periasamy (10 days ago)
The nervousness was obvious at the start but eased off as the video progressed. Nice to see a new face. Good luck.
Pat Morac (10 days ago)
Trump could learn from this.....
JC (10 days ago)
This was a great video. I find myself guilty of over exaggeration on a daily basis, and it will help to be aware of it and reduce it as much as possible. On a slightly different note (and only because this channel largely focuses on fashion/accessories) I found your glasses a bit distracting. The frames seem a bit too narrow for your face, and they also sit a bit too low, so that the top rims merge with the top of your eyes. The colour is fine, it just seems like a size and fit issue. Hope to see more of you on this channel. :)
CatatonicBug (10 days ago)
Is it just me, or does the video seem to have him leaning to the right (his left) a bit through the whole thing? Made me tilt my neck while watching!
First Jocker (10 days ago)
YEEES!!! i like the new dude
NochSoEinKaddiFan (10 days ago)
I strongly believe we should make an efford to bring more nuance back into our language and therefore I am very happy that this is a dedicated topic on the channel with the audience that is most likely to achieve this goal :)
DL (10 days ago)
superlatives are generally an easy dead give away that a person has nothing to say........
Victor Gradinaru (10 days ago)
So, what exactly happened to Sven?
Georgi Banov (10 days ago)
So far the best topic/video I saw on this channel. Preston looks like someone with great potential, despite being still a bit wooden and nervous. Good luck, Preston, I'm sure that you will make this great channel even better and more useful!
Bati (10 days ago)
I think you are a great addition to the channel! Looking forward to see more!
Hywel Owen (10 days ago)
This video is totally amazing.
Gabriel (10 days ago)
You look nice
El macaron (10 days ago)
His brows have a life of their own
Batman Joker (10 days ago)
I like him
Hunter Spinks (11 days ago)
He sounds much better than in part one of the eyeglass video, definitely improving

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