Part 1: Verbal communication
Literally, everything in the world depends on effective communication. No one would otherwise learn anything. No business will be conducted; no art created, and – probably most importantly – no relationships would exist without it. So, let’s start with one of the cornerstones – the words we use every day. (Part 2 will cover off non-verbal skills – or body language. Coming Soon).
Think about speaking as a way of drawing a mind-picture. The words you use become your set of crayons. Our mental library of words is one of our significant personal assets. A great selection of playful, but also more serious, formal terms could have such an impact on your loved ones and their achievements in life.
Words are mega-powerful things. They can start a great love story, inspire us, convey complex ideas, move us – and on the downside, be so hurtful that they can scar a person for life. So, we must teach our kids to pick their words carefully and considerately. Remind them that they should reach out to others in the spirit of optimism, warmth and friendliness.
It is most useful to be able to convey our intentions or wishes accurately. But how do we develop this skill? The TastyMoments team thinks it might be a great idea to ask everyone to bring their ‘Word of the Day’ to the table when the family gathers around for an Ital Pizza Thick’A easy meal. This way, everyone is joining in improving their language skills.
Reading also remains a great way to build up a treasure chest of words. Good language skills spell social success, remember. Words rich in meaning are most expressive, which is why it is seen as a sign of good education. And studies have shown that individuals who speak well excel in interviews and often land top jobs later in life.
Equally important is our tone of voice and the pace at which we speak speaks volumes about our state of mind. A person with a fast-paced, machine-gun style can come across as nervous, as easily as a loud, bombastic voice can be downright scary. It is also uncomfortable to an audience if someone speaks too softly as it can a signal a lack of confidence. Good news – TV presenters get it right! So, there is an excellent reason to watch the box! The kids could also video each other in dialogue so that they can observe themselves and learn from the experience.
Another useful communication trick is to ask, don’t tell. By asking questions, you are not only learning, but you are also demonstrating an interest in the person you are talking to. It is the best way to understand another’s needs, interests and intentions.
Above all, remember, good communication is always a two-way street!
The Word of the Day is:
Meaning: To say, or pronounce, words clearly
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