15 Empowering Words To Speak

15 Empowering Words To Speak

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21).  It is true that death is the power of our words, but the greater truth is that there is the power of life in words. In this week’s blog, I draw from my book the Culture of Empowerment to share specific types of words you can speak to others that will help launch them into their God-given potential.

Here is a list of 15 words that will create great life around us:

  1. Encouraging words – “You are making a difference around here.”
  2. Positive identity words – “You are a person of great strategic insight. This gifting is taking our organization to higher levels.”
  3. Specific thanksgiving words – “Here are three reasons I appreciate you: 1) You make people feel valued in your presence, 2) Your belief in me has been a great strength to me, and 3) Your prayer and worship life inspires me.”
  4. I “understand you” words – “I know it’s important to you that I keep my room clean so here is my plan to do this more consistently.”
  5. I “see you” words – “I notice how you always make new people feel welcome and included.”
  6. I “need you” words – “I just wanted to let you know that we really need you here. You make us so much more successful.”
  7. Win-win language – “You help me so much. What are the two most important things I can do to help you see your life dreams fulfilled?”
  8. I am proud of you words – “I was thinking today of how proud I am of you. You are reliable, you do things with excellence, and you represent us so well.”
  9. You are significant and important words – “You are important. What you do is connected to a bigger purpose and plan. We would not be nearly as successful without you.”
  10. Prophetic destiny language – “You are being prepared for bigger influence in the days ahead. This position you have now is training for those things.”
  11. You’ve got what it takes words – “You can do it! Nothing is impossible for you if you set your heart to it.”
  12. Hope filled words – “There is always a solution. I don’t know what it is, but God has one for this situation.”
  13. Giving the benefit of the doubt words – “I missed the meeting because it wasn’t on my calendar, but I might have missed something that was said about it happening in a conversation we had.”
  14. Celebration words – “Hey everyone, I just wanted to let you know that Melissa has done a great job with the hope project.”
  15. You have a unique and strategic assignment words – “Your temperament, your experience, and your skill set make you uniquely gifted for a special assignment. I would love to help you clarify the details of it.”


Here are three bonus empowering words to speak:

  1. Declarative faith statement words – “Right now God is freeing people from depression” or “Today in this meeting people are getting physically healed.”
  2. “I feel” words – “I feel like you frequently misunderstand me,” or “I feel like your reaction to this circumstance indicates you might have a problem with what I have done.”
  3. True humility words – “I have also struggled with that. Here is what the Lord showed me to help me to grow in victory in that area.”

To absorb more ways of empowering others through the language we use, listen to my podcast here, and read my book The Culture of Empowerment.

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Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.