Be articulate. The world becomes a better place as people understand each other the first time or at least by the second time. Articulate people have something to say but it doesn’t take them forever to get their point across. (FYI, after 30 seconds of speaking, you start losing your audience.)
It takes more effort to be articulate. It also takes effort to dress your best. Articulate is taking time and thought to craft your message, to think about why the audience needs to hear it. It’s fine if the reason you want to tell them is simply because you want them to know. Articulate speech brings clarity to you and your audience.
Articulate speech is clear, brief, calm, kind and sincere.
Brevity helps your audience to really listen. After all, it takes much more effort to listen actively than it does to simply say something.
Articulate speech avoids rushing and fears not the pause; a few seconds or more of silence adds a nice dramatic flair.
Articulate people respect others the same way they command respect.
- Making a point without attacking others.
- Knowing when to shut up (it’s sooner than you think.)
- Focused on the project or the audience.
- Not using fancy words when simple words are adequate.
- Not repeating yourself.
- Not bringing up irrelevant situations or information.
- Saying "you" or "we" more often than "I."
Break the paradigm; embrace articulate expression.