Why Do You Write?

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I came across this question yesterday, and I thought I had to answer and share it here. I must say that I have a calling to write. As a child, I kept a diary and later did fairly well in my high school English classes. So, I choose what I thought would be my career in college, Journalism. But later I changed my major to English Linguistics. Oddly enough, I strayed away from writing in my early twenties, because I didn’t think I had an interest in it anymore. Then, just a few years ago, I felt a calling from God to return to writing. I went through much trial and error trying to find what to write about. Eventually that problem was solved and quickly lead to a wonderful discovery. I found that writing is one of the only activities that gives me a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. That’s how I knew I’d found my passion, and this is why I write.

Why do you write?

Millia C.

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Need Clarification Please

 

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.

 

 

My, My, My, I’ve Got Butterflies!!!

Anticipation is no fun. Especially, when the wait is before speaking in front of a group of people. One of my weaknesses is my discomfort speaking in front of groups. The mind boggling issue is that I can clearly imagine myself speaking articulately, enthusiastically, and confidently. But when reality hits, my nerves always seem to get the best of me. Okay, maybe I shouldn’t use the word “always” because I don’t often put myself in these public speaking situations. I haven’t spoken in front of a large group of people since my first year of college and even back then my nerves weren’t nearly as bad as they are now. I was fresh due to taking speech class in school and having given many presentations. But today in the “work world” the subject matter is entirely different. Not such a big deal? The fact of the matter is my public speaking skills need major work! I’m thinking of signing up for Toastmasters…hmm…eliminate self-consciousness, quivering, monotone voice; sounds like a plan! Okay, I won’t bash myself too much on this subject because I do have strengths which include voice volume, great eye contact and interesting subject matter. I want to do a better job at being myself, comfortable, and natural. Because once my nerves take over, I’m hidden and the real me is in a shell. Any frightful or funny public speaking stories out there?

photo credit: http://www.targetintellect.com/blog/2009/02/public-speaking-fear-nerves-and-confidence/