Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Totally, Like, Not Like, You Know? Speak With Conviction

If you haven't noticed, it has become weird to like sound like you know what you are talking about, you know? Or actually be confident in what the hell you're trying to say? It's like, these question marks just pop up at the end of our sentences, you know? Like, once um, we actually were like able to declare a point in our declarative sentences until one random day, like some... thing just... like, you know? It's just like, totally... whatever?

Our inarticulacy shouldn't be blamed on stupidity, or a "disorder" like ADHD, we shouldn't hide the fact that we are the most inarticulate generation of humanity to ever set foot on Planet Earth. Even the cavemen developed a language and "spoke" with more conviction than we do today.

The way we speak leads to misinterpretations, arguments, altercations, harsh words - only because we don't always mean what we say. Unfortunately, this isn't a problem with the English language, but instead its a problem with the way we are raised. Many of us fail to get a point across in speech as easily we do on paper, and for others its vice versa.

One cause of our lack of conviction is the way our education system is based upon questioning authority. We are encouraged to question one another, albeit this is a good thing, in the long run we must realize we need to learn how to SPEAK with authority too.

For me, it is easier to speak to a large group of people than a small one. Some say public speaking is a gift for me, but honestly, I don't know how to talk in public. Sometimes, I do stutter, get nervous, and often lack conviction. When it comes to writing, I find it much easier to express my thoughts. This idea leads me to the second cause of lack of articulacy - the age of technological advancements.

Today, we are much more apt to use Microsoft Word to write an essay, than write it on paper using pen. Its just not the same. Many of us are unbelievably articulate essayists, but unbelievably horrible speakers. We learn how to be articulate using technology, instead of using our body parts.

I could state many theories/reasons of why our current society is so inarticulate, but honestly, the reasons don't matter as much as the solutions do.

The solution is to speak with authority. Give a damn about what you are saying, and end your sentence with a period. Be confident in what you say, even if you are wrong. The result of inarticulacy is immaturity. If you don't know how to speak with authority, nobody will take you seriously.

Stutter if you need to, "um" if you want, but never declare a question and ask an answer.

You have a voice. Use it.



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