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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 (2 months 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 months ago)
I can feel the enthusiasm.
Alvise Venza (2 months ago)
Good job Preston! And happy birthday!!
karodora (2 months ago)
Excellent. For those of us with hearing problems, he is perfect.
Rye Hots (2 months ago)
definitely want to see more. Preston's topic is very important for gentlemen to realize
Jared Vineyard (2 months 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.
Joseph Shaw (12 hours ago)
Make an effort to try to construct 'your' sentences differently, sir. 7:17
K M (1 day ago)
You did well, Preston! I learned a great deal and you’re a looker too!
I’m Jeffrey (2 days ago)
Used to be “never trust anyone over 30” now it’s “under 30”
P S (13 days ago)
I normally watch RMRS and Alpha M, so I'm not the #1 fan of this channel, BUT ... Preston is really good. I can't see any problems at all with this presentation, thank you. If Preston was nervous, I would say not only did he cover it with charm rather than fear, but he did it in just such a way that my attention was captured. I feel I retained more information from this video than from other speakers on other channels, and it has a lot to do with Preston's way of speaking. I would watch more videos from Preston. I think somebody made a good choice. I subscribe.
The CapitaLiszt (17 days ago)
I thoroughly enjoyed this swell video
The CapitaLiszt (13 days ago)
+targetcxd would you like to know where it is from? Or do you already know?
targetcxd (13 days ago)
Well, I thoroughly enjoy your profile pic!
Victoria (23 days ago)
Thank you for this.
Paul (23 days ago)
“Tremendously big and tremendously wet — tremendous amounts of water,” ~ Guess who
Karl L. Kruger (29 days ago)
You did great, Preston!
Joshua Diley (1 month ago)
Great job!
arentol99 (1 month ago)
7:19 — should be "your," not "you're" in the graphic. 7:47 — should be "genuinely," not "geniuenely" Being a gentleman writer, I think the care and attention that is given to the spoken word should also be extended to the written word. Wonderful channel and thank you for producing these videos.
Rover Coupe (1 month ago)
I love this video. It's awesome. Please tell your colleague to stop saying cr*p. You don't need to say 'personally' when your are talking about yourself. M.
Jonas Moortgat (1 month ago)
Good job, Preston! I enjoyed listening to you, and wasn't surprised to find out you're a jazz singer! Where can I find your music? Keep it up!
Jehuty999 (1 month ago)
5:31 I 100% love ice cream, and that is not exaggeration. I have yet to meet a pint of ice cream that i will not finish in a single go.
Tal 3 (1 month ago)
Android yes....Robotic yes...compelling yes.... can’t stop watching yes...interesting absolutely...weirdly amazing and I don’t know why...Wow just Wow....Great Job...I think I Am hypnotized...”Hooked I Am”...
Merkava TV (1 month ago)
Can this gentleman make a tutorial how he got his hair this way? It looks very pleasant to the eye.
LyleDeYounges (1 month ago)
You guys seem so nice.
maccollectorZ (1 month ago)
They should play such videos in primary schools.
maccollectorZ (1 month ago)
Cussing uncontrollably is amongst the most annoying forms of lack of variety. (It would be nice to see a video on this, by the way.) I often talk to people who cannot speak a single sentence without dropping an F-bomb somewhere within; its redundancy and predictability is horrendously aggravating. Swear words are not aurally appealing either—they're an ice pick to the ears, unless used sparingly and when it's most appropriate and suitable for the situation.
Tony Arcos (1 month ago)
I am really enjoying Preston. His body type and style is much more relatable than Raphael. I too am a jazz musician😉. I’m eager to see more videos with him!
sylerpetralie (1 month ago)
Where is Raphael!!!
VINCENT ENGEL (1 month ago)
Nice job! bowtie is well done
Eberhardt Von Hessen (1 month ago)
*5:26** How about, "these words are used **_frequently_** "?*
Jonty Campbell (1 month ago)
This chap has an expressive face.
Jonty Campbell (1 month ago)
The fewer superlatives and modifiers used in a sentence, the most powerful it is.
random observer (1 month ago)
Abso-fracking-lutely! 110%! All the way, every day!
Jason Van Mass (1 month ago)
Great Video. I dub thee Ostentatious Powers. Enjoy the new nickname!
Dr. Rich (1 month ago)
You did awesome, no reason to be nervous! In short people judge you by their words you use.👍👍🤔
Waces Ferpit (1 month ago)
Bruh, ya look like an NPC from Oblivion
Todd C Wolf (1 month 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 month ago)
Is it just me or does the entire plant in the background keep moving
Ricardo Guinto (1 month ago)
I guess you need to loosen up a bit man
Westley Greenhalf (2 months ago)
You did a good job and it was an interesting subject of discussion.
Scott Enock (2 months ago)
Good job on your first video Preston.
Matthew P. (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
"whatre superlatives?" -100 credibility points "NOOOO" well to be fair im german.
Ima Karimah (2 months ago)
I wish my brows as active as his
Thomas Brennan (2 months ago)
Whoda Kat (2 months ago)
Good video!
Tim Buktu (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Why did he look tilted if leaning sideways? Otherwise good video
Stefan Schiffner (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Is it just me or does he remind me of Conner?
IamTheOnlyLink (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Great job, Preston!
TheTrueHappy (2 months ago)
Is this the new hire?
Jason Vasquez (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
I like it. You need to relax more.
Rin Wesley (2 months ago)
He looks like a recent graduate from Devo University--and that is a very good thing.
Neil Crawford (2 months ago)
Oh darling this is such a Devine video on the subject.....
Will Smith (2 months ago)
Very good video and a great host!
Kia Jones-Glenn (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
I find myself becoming fond of this gentleman & his professionalism is quite superb. Well done Sir 🥂
J G (2 months ago)
All hairlines in this channel are fleeting like They owe alimony
Law Man (2 months ago)
I think you did well. Thank you for the video and welcome to the channel.
Justin Choe (2 months ago)
This guy is very charming. I'm down with more Preston.
Mihir Vaze (2 months ago)
who is preston?
Adam McDonald (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
I LOVED this video
barkon (2 months 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.
Lucas Gondreau (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Give the man a chance: he's using superlative body language to prove his point :p
C.E. Parks (2 months ago)
This guy needs to relax. Way too many facial expressions. Slow down on the speech.
Jonathan Benitez (2 months ago)
Great outfit as well! I will definitely be clicking on your future videos!
Jonathan Benitez (2 months ago)
Excellent job!!!
Tomas Westerlund (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
“The defense in that baseball game...” Mmhmm
larzonya (2 months ago)
Brilliant. Well done!
Julien T (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
he needs contrast his skin tone almost blends into his shit. All in all great video, most bestest ever.
1978ajax (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
President Trump should view this.
Andy OC (2 months 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.
Yair Koren Koniecpolski (2 months ago)
Way to go Preston! I think you were grea
Jonny A (2 months ago)
Great job, Preston. Happy Birthday!
hpqz (2 months ago)
I hear AWESOME so often it really is awesome. .... Ugh !
Das literarische Solo (2 months ago)
On that topic I advise to have another look at Norman Fairclough’s work!
B0sTonCeltics20534 (2 months ago)
Who is this guy, was there a corporate take over or something
PhycoKrusk (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
New blood jejeje good boy!! :D
Seth Harley (2 months ago)
Definitely thumbs up
PiranhaJaw22 (2 months ago)
this guy looks and sounds like a doctor
iBeOnThat Kryptonite (2 months ago)
@Donald Trump
Ethan Mitchell (2 months ago)
1:55 lol
Jan Kuhnert (2 months ago)
Great first video, well done 😊👍⭐️👍😊
People´s Place (2 months ago)
I need that gentleman’s instagram!!!
Mr. Comments (2 months ago)
He could be some friend of Patrick Bateman! Very interesting video, looking forward to seeing Preston more often. Well done.
Freddy A Ramirez (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Who's this fella I like him better
Momo mimi (2 months ago)
I love lamp
ForbinColossus (2 months ago)
YUGE! *Tremendously YUGE* = stuporlatives
Chris Sheader (2 months ago)
Really enjoyed this; congratulations on your first video.
Shaving With Sheeps (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
I’m loving that bow tie gotta get one ASAP!

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