We all have a word bank that we use when communicating with others, but very few of us actually know how to access it. This article will walk you through the steps needed to improve your vocabulary and make sure you’re speaking as clearly as possible.
STEP 1: Know What You Want to Say
This is the most important step. Before you begin, make sure you’ve got a clear idea of what you want to say. Think about what you want to convey, and why you want to convey it. Do you want to get across a specific emotion? Does the message need to be short and sweet?
STEP 2: Use the Right Words
Once you’ve figured out what you want to say, you need to find the right words. Don’t think you can just pick up a thesaurus and start looking for a word that sounds good. Instead, think about what the word means. You don’t want to use a word that’s too technical or specific, so avoid using jargon. Also, try to make sure that the word you choose has a similar meaning as another word in your vocabulary. This will help keep your message consistent, and give your message a feeling of familiarity.
STEP 3: Use It Correctly
Now that you’ve found the right words, use them correctly. Don’t use slang words or words that are archaic or outdated. Make sure you’re not using incorrect grammar or spelling. Finally, be careful with how you use pronouns. For example, when you use “we” to refer to multiple people, it’s best to change it to “I” or “you”. This will help to create a more personal connection, and ensure that your message is directed at the person you intend it for.
STEP 4: Have Fun
Finally, you need to make sure you’re having fun. If you’re speaking with someone who isn’t interested in what you have to say, then you’re going to have a bad time. Don’t feel like you need to force yourself to enjoy speaking with others. It’s okay if you don’t want to say something, but it’s important to be honest about it.
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