37 alternatives to the word “seasoned”

Have you ever referred to your boss, executives, or co-workers as “seasoned?”

“Ann is a well-seasoned marketing executive.” “Jaden is a seasoned lecturer with 20 years of experience in high tech.”

Please stop.

I know, I know. Part of our role as corporate communicators is to write profiles and bios for our clients and executives. And sometimes it’s difficult to come up with new ways to describe our subject’s work experience. But “seasoned” describes food. Pork ribs can be seasoned. Grilled vegetables can be seasoned. People cannot be seasoned.

Next time you’re writing a bio, opt for a more precise or descriptive term over the meaningless and unimaginative word “seasoned.” Here are a few alternatives.

(Please keep in mind that not all of these options will work in every “seasoned professional” scenario).

  1. Accomplished
  2. Adept
  3. Admitted
  4. Adroit
  5. Authentic
  6. Consummate
  7. Deft
  8. Disciplined
  9. Epicurean
  10. Equipped
  11. Established
  12. Experienced
  13. Expert
  14. Initiated
  15. Inveterate
  16. Knowledgeable
  17. Masterful
  18. Polished
  19. Practiced
  20. Primed
  21. Preeminent
  22. Proficient
  23. Professional
  24. Proven
  25. Refined
  26. Savvy
  27. Schooled
  28. Skilled
  29. Sophisticated
  30. Tested
  31. Tried and true
  32. Virtuoso
  33. Qualified
  34. Well-grounded
  35. Well-versed
  36. Wise
  37. Worldly


What do you think readers? Any others to add to the list?


This post was also published on Ragan Communication’s PR Daily.




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