A Little Philosophy: Become more articulate
The only way we can make our intentions clear to others is by being able to clearly communicate it through all conventional methods available to us.
Good communications starts with speech, but that is true only if the people communicating with one another speak the same language.
In addition to talking, communications are further transmitted through body language, place setting (are you in a theater, restaurant, or sports field?), apparel (clean, dirty, expensive, ripped, team-wear), smell (BO, environmental odor, perfume), eye-contact, facial expression, and the hints about your intentions posted on social media, correspondence, articles, etc.
A lot of non-verbal effort goes into ordering a hamburger from a sports stadium vendor, for example, that can suggest you are distracted, you don’t particularly like the vendor, you are frustrated by his fumbling service, or you asked for la hamburguesa and are hoping for the best.
It helps to study communication arts to help us be better understood by others. Things to consider include our personal tidiness (or messiness), facial expression (smile, frown, or blankness), and body odor (a smell that can be tinged by Tide Pods or fabric softener).
To improve conversation, listen to articles, rather than read, by using text-to-speech technologies available for all browsers. If you primarily read off-line, read out loud so your brain better registers and remembers sounds.
For those of you who spend a lot of time in front of a computer monitor, attach a mirror and glance at it occasionally to see what shape your face takes when its dormant. If what you see somewhat frightens you, keep in mind that that is what other’s often see when they directly communicate with you.
Successful articulation requires multiple skills and behaviors. It is not just about having a broad vocabulary in your native language or your educational level.
Dr. Google gathers multiple articles on how to improve articulation, a subject as important to the public as physical fitness.
- Google search for browser-based text-to-speech apps.
- Google search on the phrase “how to be more articulate.”
- Becoming Well-Spoken: How to Minimize Your Uh’s and Um’s, by Brett & Kate McKay, published on the ArtofManliness.com, November 19, 2018. Note that site site provides a wide-range of tips on how to up your personal style if you are a man, but most apply to women, too.
- Articulate – It’s Not Just What You’re Saying; It’s How You’re Saying It, a non-dated article on ArticulatePersuasion.com
- 5 Remarkably Powerful Hacks to Become More Articulate (You Don’t Have to Give a TED Talk to Do It), published March 2019 on Inc.com
- How to Be More Articulate: 8 Must-Follow Secrets to Improve Your Speech, by Juliana Labianca of Reader’s Digest, RD.com
Article by Karen Little, first published for Littleviews.com on August 6, 2019, all rights reserved by Karen Little and Littleviews. You may re-publish this article in a non-commercial site with permission from Karen.
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