What’s the single most powerful positive word? TED Disussion

–Updated: February 16, 2:40pm PST

“What is the single most powerful positive word
in the English language?”

A lively discussion has lit up on LinkedIn on TED’s discussion group to answer that question.
The community responses are shown in the following tag cloud.

Single most powerful word: TED: Wordle

From Blog to Haiku to 6 Words to Single Word

Reductionism. This seems to be all too appealing for some in their online communication.

First, it was the blog, a shortened form of the news winnowed down to a journaled blurb.Then it was the 140 character tweet which restricted the 160 characters of its antecedent, the cellular text message.

Haiku tweets then added a pleasant literary intentionality to this narrowed universe with their 5-7-5 syllabic 3 line poems. It is same line of reductionism that fuels the popularity of the Six words blogs, stories and subsequent contests. Which only makes sense that this TED Group would (finally) query asking for a single word.

How would you answer?

What is the single most powerful positive word in the English language for you?

For the full discussion visit TED on LinkedIN here.
Learn more about TED here.

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What is the single most powerful positive word in the English language?

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4 Responses to “What’s the single most powerful positive word? TED Disussion”


  1. 1 Michael Bozeman August 19, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    When thinking about what is the most powerful positive word, most people start to think of words like “Freedom”, “Hope”, or “Happy”

    I’m here to tell you that ” I’m ” is the most powerful positive word.
    A contraction meaning ” I am ”

    By starting any sentence with ” I’m “, you open the realm of possibilities. It is a powerful declaration of action.

    I’m going to….

    I’m thinking about….

    I’m wondering…..

    I’m sure…..

    I’m excited…

    It is the beginning. It is simple. It is a complete sentence (the shortest sentence). It is a statement; a declaration of YOU !
    “ I’m “ or “ I AM!!! ”

    Think about this: Who are you?

    I”m an engineer.
    I’m a teacher.
    I’m a father.
    or, I’m a little teapot.

    Another good one: I’m in love.

    If I were to ask you what word you would select as the single most powerful positive word, your response would likely start off with:
    I’m going to select……

  2. 2 I'm August 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I’m voting for I’m

  3. 3 Me to August 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I’m

  4. 4 amoswhite3 September 1, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Yes, Michael, “I’m” is a singularly strong word.

    Though, I believe that “yes” is the single most powerful word.


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