You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.
Wednesday I attended a lecture on domestic terrorism that discussed the recent mass killings that have taken place in our country as well as how we have changed as a people since 9/11. I had the opportunity to share an observation and ask a question. The concern I wanted to express was that I felt the terrorists both domestic and foreign win to some extent because we let out fear and anger change some of us in a negative way. There are folks who seem to think everyone that is not like them is suspect and even evil. They show that they do not understand the differences between religions, peoples or cultures. It is almost as if they feel everyone is guilty until proven innocent instead of the protection offered by our constitution that protects individuals from unfair oppression. We must not slip back to where we blame the many for sins of the few.
Anyway what I wanted to say was that I did not adequately make my point and should have done a better job of it. So this morning I dug back into my saved articles and found this piece that I hope will help me do better in the future.
5 Powerful Ways to Express Your Ideas And Opinions Clearly
Are you fed up with struggling to express your thoughts and opinions? These days, people want to talk and not listen! No one wants to be a shadow in the crowd. Having your thoughts and opinions heard is a priority. Below are some strategies that will help you to voice your opinions and ideas:
Know what your aim is. Make sure that before attempting to open your mouth and the words begin to flow that your 100% clear on the ideas that need to be expressed. Knowing where you want to go with the conversation will help to give you that extra confidence boost.
When your audience can see that you are confident then they will more alert and want to listen.
Ignore the definition of perfection. Just sit and ask yourself, exactly what is perfect? Is there anyone out there that is 100% perfect? The fact is that we are only human and not one of us is without flaw. A small error is acceptable; there’s no need to be stringent to the point that you begin to struggle voicing your opinion! As long as you know the topic of importance, a simple error can be overlooked.
Keep it basic. Think about why you sometimes shut off when someone is voicing their opinion; remember your days at school and college with teachers lecturing in front of the class. Being lectured is boring! There really is no need to use big words. The simple facts voiced in an exciting manner will be more than enough to keep the audience tuned in. It’s extremely annoying to have someone chatting away for 30 minutes when the conversation could have been kept basic and ended in half the time.
Stay on the straight and narrow; turning left and right really is not going to turn into a success story. Don’t make the listeners fall asleep!
Pretend that you are alone. One of the major fears of having to express your opinion in front of a crowd is how you will be perceived by the audience. Can you really afford to let negativity like this get in the way?! Picture that you are alone and voicing your opinion to yourself! Your nerves will remain calm and allow you to remain focused on the topic that you need to address.
Revise before you talk. Simple revision of your conversation will help you take it to the next level. The fact that you are confident and know what you are talking about will help significantly. When people that you’re talking to know that you certain on what you’re expressing, they will have faith in you. Think about possible questions that might arise from your topic of conversation and have the answers readily prepared in your head.
Learning to voice your thoughts and opinions really is a simple process. We are all human and each of us has worries and fears. Talking should be fun, not a drag; you should have confidence in yourself. Just let the words flow.
“Communicate unto the other person that which you would want him to communicate unto you if your positions were reversed.”
A man phones a mental hospital and asks the receptionist if there is anybody in Room 27.
She goes and checks, and comes back to the phone, telling him No, the room is empty.
“Good,” says the man. “That means I must have really escaped.”
Americans are getting stronger. Twenty years ago, it took two people to carry ten dollars’ worth of groceries. Today, a five-year-old can do it.
More things we learned from the movies:
During all police investigations it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.
During a very emotional confrontation, instead of facing the person you are speaking to, it is customary to stand behind them and talk to their back.
Even when driving down a perfectly straight road, it is necessary to turn the steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments.
Everyone knows the words to every song you want to sing and will sing along with you. They can even carry the solo part so that they can sing the song back to you, even if they have never heard the song until you sang half of it.
Guns are like disposable razors. If you run out of bullets, just throw the gun away. You can always find a new one laying around the next time you need one.
Having a job of any kind will make all fathers forget their son’s eighth birthday.
No one is listening until you make a mistake.
A secretary, a paralegal and a partner in a city law firm are walking through a park on their way to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out in a puff of smoke. The Genie says, “I usually only grant three wishes, so I’ll give each of you just one.”
“Me first! Me first!” says the secretary. “I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.” Poof! She’s gone.
“Me next! Me next!” says the paralegal. “I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of pina coladas and the love of my life.” Poof! He’s gone.
“You’re next,” the Genie says to the partner. The partner says, “I want those two back in the office after lunch.”
Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?
When our second child was on the way, my wife and I attended a pre-birth class aimed at couples who had already had at least one child. The instructor raised the issue of breaking the news to the older child. It went like this:
“Some parents,” she said, “tell the older child, ‘We love you so much we decided to bring another child into this family.’ But think about that. Ladies, what if your husband came home one day and said, ‘Honey, I love you so much I decided to bring home another wife.'”
One of the women spoke up immediately. “Does she cook??”
“The two words information and communication are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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