February 27, 2012

Upgrade your Communication Skills

In your mind, you are:  Smart!  Confident!  Decisive! 

In reality, you sound...not so much.

It's time to upgrade your communication skills by dropping these three high school speaking habits:

Upspeak?

Are you asking me or are you telling me?

My trusty Urban Dictionary defines upspeak thusly:  Affliction [...] where a person makes a question out of a sentence that isn't a question (or more simply speaks "up" at the end of a sentence).

Upspeak makes you sound unsure of what you're saying - not the expert that you aspire to be.

Vocal Creaking/Frying

I didn't know it had a name until news of the vocal frying study was published in late 2011.  Now that I know that it has a name, I hear it everywhere!  And it gives me an excuse to post a clip from Daria:



Don't be a Tiffany.

Qualifiers (e.g. "I think" and "I feel")

I don't pay you to feel!  Just kidding.  Kind of.  Anything that follows "I think" is not a fact, it's an opinion.  Drop the qualifiers, state the facts.

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