Have you ever tried to explain something, and the only thing that came out of your gaping mouth was, “Words fail me.”
Your brain is searching for the right term, the right precision of expression, with which to give your audience that exact feel, and understanding of the subject.
You sit there with you mouth hanging open, and you come up empty. (Well, so much for getting that piece of precision explained.) We’ve all been here, and we will be there again.
Words are for understanding…
Effective communication depends upon us expanding our vocabulary and understanding what we are learning. It’s necessary these days to get our point across in the most clear, and concise way.
Because people need to understand what you are talking about, and wasting their time isn’t a great way to get them there. If words fail me, or you, all the time, then people may stop listening. You have to find a dynamic way to capture the attention of the one, or ones, you’re speaking with.
Our attention span isn’t as great as it used to be. Technology is catapulting second by second into the future while we’re racing to keep up. People are limited with time.
It’s not only for this purpose that we need to expand our vocabulary. Words give us better understanding and comprehension of subjects we are interested in and learning.
Words are for warning…
(To a 2-year-old) “Don’t Run Into the Street!”
(To a teenager) “No texting while driving.”
Is that concise?
This could save them from harm.
Words are for pleasure…
Words are beautiful, lyrical, ethereal, and have a rhythm. They have a flow, and methodical element all their own. They are soothing, uplifting and can capture the hearts of all, if spoken the right way.
You can all name those songs that deeply affect you.
Who doesn’t love to hear, “I love you,” or “Great job, son.”
This lifts you up.
Words move you…
Words move you into action… “The time is now!,” or “Just do it!”
This gets you going.
So, what do you do?
Find ways to learn new words. There are so many new ones in every area of life. Associate with those who can teach you better communication skills. Take a class.
Read a book…and keep exploring daily.
When words fail me, I go to the dictionary.
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