Anybody Can Speak Precisely!

By Tiffany Nash


Collecting your thoughts and expressing them clearly is much easier if you know the right words to use.

Read more books and articles with substance (and less mindless pap) and you'll be on your way to learning the right words. Just be careful you don't pronounce something incorrectly in your head, and then speak that way in public. People will think you're ignorant.

I remember one time when me and my wife were listening to a popular talk show when a man called in, mispronouncing a highfalutin word. The guest for that show wouldn't let up as he kept on criticizing the caller - pity the talk show host as things got out of hand. All in all, it was just an awkward moment. And you do NOT want to be embarrassed when trying to gain new business and make some sales.

Depending on where you live or where you were raised, certain words may be pronounced in quaint and peculiar ways that are nonetheless considered correct in those locales. But sadly, the English language is quite rigid when it comes to acceptable pronunciations of certain words.

Listening to smart, educated people is a fantastic way to learn good pronunciation. But if such people are sadly lacking in your locale, you can buy educational cassette tapes or go the newfangled route and listen to a podcast.

Some well-read people mispronounce words they read all the time but never hear. If you find a word that you feel makes you sound smart and well-read, then by all means visit Dictionary.com as a reference. What's great about this site is their pronunciation guide and their premium features for registered members - truly a great way to learn how to Speak Precisely! They have a feature where you can click on a word and hear the proper pronunciation.

So before you go ahead and use that highfalutin word you read Kiyosaki use, you should read up on what it means and hear how it sounds like. Big, flowery words used out of context are akin to fingernails grating on a chalkboard. Using flowery language is commendable in many cases - as long as you know how to use them correctly.

If the occasion calls for it, though, you want to be keeping it short and sweet and saving the big words for another time. Don't turn a business deal into a urinating contest with needless use of big words. Only use a bigger word if it's the only word available to express exactly what you mean. Most people have very small vocabularies, and will tune you out if you start talking over their heads.

If you're talking with experts, you'll probably want to use shortcuts (jargon). A real time-saver. Just don't use jargon outside specific groups, because it'll sound like gibberish to most people. You can learn this jargon by reading industry-specific journals and visiting message boards.

Speaking precisely isn't that hard. It's all about proper usage of words. That knowledge will only come with experience.




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