Do you have the ability to explain a point without asking this question at the end of your explanation, “you know what I mean”? I hear this question quite often and I figure that the speaker must be staring into blank expressions indicating- point not clear, please try again. Then, I think to myself, maybe the speaker is being clear, but it’s the person on the receiving end that doesn’t have the mental capacity to comprehend what the speaker is saying? Both conclusions are reasonable assumptions, but the focus here is about the speaker. How often must the speaker change the manner in which they choose to express a point in order for the receiver to fully understand what is being communicated? The word articualte comes to mind and a necessity to expand vocabulary. It is an on going goal of my own to expand my vocabulary and articulation. I figure if I can think in a clear and precise manner, surely I can vocally articulate too. Here’s some reasons you may want to expand your own vocabulary and a list of the methods I am using to get for myself:
3 Benefits of Having a Good Vocabulary
1. Implies education and being well read. In certain instances in which you can “show off” your speaking skills, can lead to the impression that you are apart of a particular social class, economic group, educated, and qualified. Can even get you respect. Avoid appearing superior, it’s not always necessary to “show off” the abilty to articulate well. Favor being relatable to the people you are around at any given time.
2. Easily understood. Your boss may favor you or coworkers may favor you because they know that if they have a question, you will explain it so percisely and your instructions will be easy to understand and problem solved. Everyone likes a helpful person.
3. Land the that job. Interviews can be very nerve racking, especially in such a competitive market place where unemployment runs ramped. The ability to answer interview questions while possessing a good vocabulary, clear articulation can really impress potential employers by indicating intelligence and being a good communicator.
5 Ways to Start Working on Your Vocabulary Today
1. Read a book. Discover new words and easily understand their meaning by the context in which the author is using it. It helps if the book is fictional because of the images that are drawn up in your mind which only reinforces word meaning. This is one of the fastest ways to expand vocabulary.
2. Watch documentaries and or news channel panels and discussions. Pay attention to the words they are using. Talk about the topic to a friend and while conversing about it use the words you heard from the program.
3. Read online news articles on topics of interest. Pay attention to key words and discuss later with friends who share similar interests.
4. Drafting emails. Highlight words and use the thesaurus option to view alternative terms and familiarize yourself with these new terms in the process.
5. Slow down & choose words carefully. Don’t worry about sounding slow or being careful about your wording. Overtime, the new words your learning will arrive naturally and speech will continue at it’s normal pace.