Here is a good language lesson that came up in one of my classes today.
We were talking about New Year Resolutions and I pointed out that there is a language within English that tells the listener whether you will achieve what you want to achieve or whether it will remain a dream.
I want to…
I plan to…
I hope to…
These sentences tell the listener that you are not likely to achieve what you want to achieve. These sentence beginnings are what I call “Dreamers English” they are the language used by people who dream of achieving things, and not by people who do achieve things.
A sentence beginning with “I will…” tells the listener that you are serious about what you want to achieve and is more likely to believe that you will succeed.
We want to open negotiations with Australia about a free trade agreement
I will open negotiations with Australia about a free trade agreement
So next time you are preparing your presentation, remember to use “will” rather “plan to” or “want to”