Not as simple as this.

From Ideas to Sentences: How to Speak What is on Your Mind

Make a point without embarrassing yourself.

Have you ever been in a conversation where you have an idea, but you just couldn’t find the right things to say? You started to blabber and stutter because it just doesn’t sound right, you know something is off. You ended up embarrassing yourself and failed to deliver the point you intended.

Why your mind jumbles

A spoken sentence started as an idea. So first, what you need to overhaul is your thinking process.

A brilliant idea might turn into nonsense.

Your mouth mumbles as your mind jumbles. Thoughts are wandering and jumping, trying to deliver the right thing. You look confused, and the listeners are certainly not amused.

Ideas are like puzzle pieces.

Before you try to fix a problem, first you have to understand the problem. Ideas, or things that you want to say, they come randomly. They come in the form of words, images, flashes of memories, lingering scents, or anything that your brain can interpret. They don’t come in order, nor do they come in solid and exact structures.

Big picture of the process.

#1. Read, read a lot, read anything

Yes, anything. If you think reading a whole book is too time consuming, read essays. If that’s still too much, read articles. Heck, even just reading a tweet is fine. The point is to read a lot. Read comic books if you will.

#2. Learn different kinds of expressions

Once you are used to reading, you would realize that everyone has different ways of expressing themselves. Reading enhances your exposure to ideas, words, sentences, and phrases that are previously novel to you.

  • I owe you one
  • You didn’t have to! / I didn’t deserve you!
  • I can’t thank you enough.
  • I appreciate it.
  • And the list goes on.

💡 Pro-tip: Utilize Online Platforms & Social Media.

By using Twitter and Instagram to follow English-speaking people, I can understand slangs and phrases that they often use daily. I can learn how to talk in a more casual/friendly way. For example, I learned on Twitter that “alien” means foreign/unknown. Something that’s alien to me before 😝.

#3. Implement your new sentence structures and vocabulary

You’ve seen how other people do it. Now, it’s time for you to do it yourself. How do you implement your new knowledge? The easiest way is to write something. Writing is training your mind to think clear and concise. By writing something, you will learn to:

  1. Construct a well-structured sentence.
  2. Make a point without going in circles.
  3. Implement new vocabulary and expressions.
  4. Knit your ideas together and assemble the puzzle pieces.

#4. Don’t try to sound “unique”, “smart”, or “interesting”

In my experience, the most annoying people are the ones who say too much jargon. It’s either they are trying to look smart, or they don’t have a deep understanding of the topic. If you are like that, do yourself a favor — stop.

#5. Speak clearly. Practice talking to yourself

All of the processes we’ve covered so far won’t mean anything if you fail to speak properly. If you feel like your pronunciation is not good, practice.

Say it as you mean it

By understanding how we think before we speak, you will be able to address what is wrong with your current thinking process. - A designer, illustrator, and a writer. Interested productivity and creativity.

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