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.


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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