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Speaking Carefully and Correctly

Everyday, we communicate with a large number of people, and we often speak quite poorly. Sometimes, we speak slang, make grammatical mistakes, or just being too short and to the point. This reflects poorly on ourselves, especially on our professionalism and showing genuine interest in other people. As a result, the one thing that we could all agree on is that WE all need to speak better with each other.

Here are a few suggestions for speaking better:
  1. Always speak in complete sentences. For example, if you speak is short in incomplete sentences, then you will notice that conversations get terminated before they even get started.

  2. Stop using slang. This makes us lose any professionalism that we may have spent years developing. It also makes us appears somewhat juvenile.

  3. Try and stop using contractions, such as "don't" and "can't". We will appear much more educated and distinguished if we use "do not" and "can not" instead.

  4. One of the most common mistakes that I hear in the English language is people (including myself.. oh yes, I am really guilty of this one) using the word "good" instead of the word "well". The word "good" should be only used when describing a noun, such as "a good dog". The word "well" should be used when describing a verb or adjective, such as "we speak well".

  5. Also, we seems to often forget to add "ly" to the end of our adverbs. Do you not want to speak confidently and correctly?

I am sure I could continue listing suggestions for quite a while, but the point that I would like to make is nothing interrupts the flow of a conversation or showing consideration for a conversation quite like someone speaking poorly. So please, let us think more about how we speak before we open our mouths. Take our time when speaking, and speak with thoughtfulness, consideration, and care.

by Phil for Humanity
on 08/21/2006

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