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Whether you’re sipping your morning coffee or taking a break, we hope our newsletter brings a smile to your face. Whether you’re a seasoned leader or just starting, join us as we uncover the power of effective communication in guiding teams to success. Many of you have team meetings where you would like to express the purpose of an action. Here are the magic words that will help you. Like always we have three levels. AND…. we have another crossword puzzle to help you with expressing yourself accurately.

Take it easy and catch you later.

Margaret Bergeron


🌟 Guiding Purpose for Collective Success

Leadership is more than just a position of authority; it’s a profound commitment to inspiring, guiding, and realizing shared purposes and aims. In a world marked by complexity and rapid change, effective leadership hinges on the ability to articulate clear objectives while fostering a collective determination.

To be a leader is to express aims that resonate deeply with the team’s aspirations. The discourse markers “in order to,” “so as to,” and “with the goal of” become bridges that connect vision with action. They signify the transition from inspiration to tangible steps. A leader’s role is to not only set the compass but also plot the course, ensuring that each effort is synchronized with the mission. Through these markers, leaders infuse their objectives with purpose, and significance upon every endeavor.

At its core, leadership is about setting a North Star that illuminates the path forward. A leader’s capacity to express this purpose with clarity serves as a rallying point for individuals. Whether in a boardroom or a community initiative, leaders need to wield discourse markers that infuse their vision with purpose. Expressions like “with the aim of,” “to accomplish,” and “in pursuit of” become lighthouses, guiding everyone towards a common destination. Through effective communication, leaders can nurture a shared sense of unity that fuels collaboration.

Modern  leadership is as much about adaptability as it is about direction. Discourse markers like “ultimately” and “with the bigger picture in mind” underscore a leader’s capacity to adjust strategies without losing sight of the ultimate goal. They communicate a willingness to be flexible while staying true to the journey’s purpose—a balance that inspires trust and resilience among followers.

In conclusion, discourse markers are the tools that leaders employ to sculpt a vision into reality. By skillfully using these markers, leaders can foster a sense of purpose, mobilize efforts towards specific aims, and guide their teams through the twists and turns of progress. As leadership evolves, mastery of these markers will remain an integral aspect of inspiring and achieving greatness.


🌟 Guiding Purpose for Collective Success

In essence, leadership is like a guiding star, showing the way forward. A leader’s skill in explaining this purpose becomes a uniting idea for people. Whether it’s in a meeting or a community project, leaders use words like “to reach,” “to do,” and “to get” to make their vision clear. These words guide everyone towards the same goal. When leaders communicate well, everyone understands why they’re working together, which strengthens teamwork.

Being a leader also means talking about goals that matter to everyone. Words like “to help,” “to make,” and “to work for” show how to turn plans into real actions. These words connect ideas to doing things. A leader doesn’t just give directions but also ensures every step fits in the bigger plan. By using these words, leaders make sure everyone knows why their work is vital.

Leadership today is about having a plan while staying flexible. Words like “in the end” and “thinking big” show how leaders can adjust strategies while keeping the main goal in sight. These words demonstrate that leaders can adapt plans without losing sight of their objectives. This balance builds trust and helps everyone stay strong, even in challenges.

Ultimately, leaders use specific words to bring their plans to life. When leaders use these words effectively, everyone knows their purpose, leading to significant achievements. The way leaders talk and use these words is a vital part of ensuring their team’s success.

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🌟 Guiding Purpose for Collective Success

Leadership means steering a team like a ship. It’s not just being in charge, but inspiring and reaching shared goals. In a fast-changing world, good leaders have clear goals and motivate others to work together.

Leaders have a strong purpose. Explaining it well helps everyone know where to go. Words like “to reach” and “to do” guide the way. When leaders talk clearly, teamwork gets stronger.

Leaders also talk about important goals. Words like “to help” and “to make” turn plans into action. A leader plans every step. These words show why the work matters.

Leadership means having a plan but being ready to change. Words like “in the end” and “thinking big” show how leaders can adjust and still aim for the goal. This builds trust and strength.

In short, leadership means having a clear purpose and talking about goals. Using the right words helps leaders make plans real. When leaders do this well, everyone knows what to work for, and that’s how big things happen.


  1. SUP?
    • Definition: A casual and shortened way of asking “What’s up?” or “How are you?”
    • Part of Speech: Informal expression
  2. hinges
    • Definition: Serves as a crucial point or factor on which something depends or turns.
    • Part of Speech: Verb (third person singular form), Noun
  3. steering
    • Definition: The act of guiding or directing the movement of something, like a vehicle or a situation.
    • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb (present participle)
  4. rallying point
    • Definition: A central idea, place, or principle that brings people together for a common cause or purpose.
    • Part of Speech: Noun
  5. wield
    • Definition: To handle or use a tool, weapon, or skill with skill and control.
    • Part of Speech: Verb
  6. discourse markers
    • Definition: Words or phrases that guide the flow of conversation or writing, indicating relationships between ideas and helping to structure communication.
    • Part of Speech: Noun
  7. infuse
    • Definition: To inject, instill, or introduce a quality, element, or emotion into something.
    • Part of Speech: Verb
  8. nurture
    • Definition: To care for, encourage, and support the growth or development of something.
    • Part of Speech: Verb, Noun
  9. to fuel
    • Definition: To provide energy, enthusiasm, or support to something, often leading to its growth or intensification.
    • Part of Speech: Verb
  10. resonate
    • Definition: To create a strong emotional or meaningful connection; to evoke a response or understanding.
    • Part of Speech: Verb
  11. tangible
    • Definition: Perceptible by touch; capable of being touched or felt; real and concrete.
    • Part of Speech: Adjective
  12. compass
    • Definition: A device used for finding directions, especially using a magnetic needle that points north; metaphorically, a guiding principle.
    • Part of Speech: Noun
  13. to plot
    • Definition: To plan or map out a course of action or a storyline.
    • Part of Speech: Verb
  14. endeavor
    • Definition: A serious or determined effort; a venture or project.
    • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  15. underscore
    • Definition: To emphasize or highlight the importance of something; to draw attention to.
    • Part of Speech: Verb
  16. ultimate
    • Definition: Being the last or final result or point; the most important or significant.
    • Part of Speech: Adjective, Noun
  17. to sculpt
    • Definition: To shape or carve something, often referring to creating art or form.
    • Part of Speech: Verb
  18. skillfully
    • Definition: Done with skill, proficiency, or expertise.
    • Part of Speech: Adverb
  19. foster
    • Definition: To promote the development or growth of something; to encourage or nurture.
    • Part of Speech: Verb
  20. twists and turns
    • Definition: Unexpected changes and developments in a situation or storyline.
    • Part of Speech: Noun (idiomatic expression)



🎯 Expressing Purpose and Aims

  • To + Infinitive:
    • Example: “I went to the store to buy groceries.”
    • Tone: Neutral
    • Purpose: Both written and oral
  • In order to:
    • Example: “I’m studying in order to pass the exam.”
    • Tone: Neutral
    • Purpose: Written (more formal), but can be used in formal oral communication
  • So as to:
    • Example: “She spoke softly so as not to wake the baby.”
    • Tone: Neutral to Formal
    • Purpose: Written (formal), but can be used in formal oral communication
  • For the purpose of:
    • Example: “We collected data for the purpose of analysis.”
    • Tone: Neutral to Formal
    • Purpose: Written (formal), can be used in formal oral communication
  • With the aim of:
    • Example: “They initiated the project with the aim of improving efficiency.”
    • Tone: Neutral to Formal
    • Purpose: Written (formal), can be used in formal oral communication
  • With the goal of:
    • Example: “The company introduced changes with the goal of increasing productivity.”
    • Tone: Neutral to Formal
    • Purpose: Written (formal), can be used in formal oral communication
  • To/In an effort to:
    • Example: “We’re working overtime to meet the deadline.”
    • Tone: Neutral
    • Purpose: Both written and oral, depending on formality level
  • So that:
    • Example: “He studied diligently so that he could ace the test.”
    • Tone: Neutral
    • Purpose: Both written and oral
  • Hoping to:
    • Example: “I’m taking a cooking class, hoping to improve my culinary skills.”
    • Tone: Positive, somewhat informal
    • Purpose: Oral (casual conversations), less common in formal writing
  • Intending to:
    • Example: “We’re planning a meeting, intending to discuss the upcoming project.”
    • Tone: Neutral to Formal
    • Purpose: Both written and oral, more common in formal contexts
  • In pursuit of:
    • Example: “She traveled the world in pursuit of her dreams.”
    • Tone: Formal
    • Purpose: Written (formal), less common in oral communication
  • Ultimately:
    • Example: “Ultimately, our goal is to provide exceptional customer service.”
    • Tone: Neutral
    • Purpose: Both written and oral

🗣️ Let’s discuss the purpose

  1. Discussion/Debate Question 1: Topic: Environmental Conservation Strategies Question: How might the use of discourse markers like “with the aim of” and “in order to” enhance the effectiveness of communication in proposing and implementing environmental conservation strategies? Discuss specific examples where these markers could clarify intentions and guide actions.
  2. Discussion/Debate Question 2: Topic: Future of EducationQuestion: In the context of evolving educational methods, how do discourse markers such as “ultimately” and “with the bigger picture in mind” play a role in shaping educational policies and practices? Debate the balance between adapting to new learning models while staying true to the fundamental purpose of education.
  3. Discussion/Debate Question 3: Topic: Leadership and Team DynamicsQuestion: As a leader, how would the deliberate use of discourse markers like “so as to” and “with the goal of” impact your team’s motivation, clarity, and performance? Engage in a discussion on how expressing aims with precision and purpose contributes to successful leadership.

👂 Ear push ups

Here are two videos about leadership. If you click on the box that says READ TRANSCRIPT you can find new words. It’s a really cool tool for language learning.

Who says change needs to be hard? Organizational change expert Jim Hemerling thinks adapting your business in today’s constantly-evolving world can be invigorating instead of exhausting. He outlines five imperatives, centered around putting people first, for turning company reorganization into an empowering, energizing task for all.

We have all changed someone’s life — usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.

🌆 Catcha on the rebound!

Well, this is it for today. Express your leadership with clear language. Enjoy the last week in August. Here, in the Northern Hemisphere, we are hopefully reaching the end of the last summer heat wave, so keep cool. For those in the Southern Hemisphere continue sending us the cool vibes.

🤗 Shout out to

To Sandra from Valencia and Luis from Miami!

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