Do you get stuck while speaking because you can’t think of an appropriate word for what you want to say next? You know what to say in your native language, but not in English.
Unfortunately, in speaking, unlike in writing, you don’t have the luxury to pause and recall an appropriate word for what you want to say. You need to get it in a flash. Otherwise, you’ll pause, which will kill your speech – and confidence.
In this post, I’ll cover why uncomfortably long pauses happen while speaking and what you can do to reduce their frequency. Read on, there is a quick way.
That’s what I’ve seen time and again among people from multiple walks of life.
(Note that speaking here refers to regular conversations we hold and not to public speaking. And writing doesn’t mean SMS or quick 2-3 line emails. It means writing paragraphs, essays, reports, proposals, and the like.)
I’ve spoken to and reviewed application essays for international MBA programs from people working in reputable organizations, including multinational companies. I found most to be fluent speakers, but, by and large, only few could write well. And here I’m not talking of people working in any random organization. I’m talking of top-notch organizations, where we expect employees to have impeccable speaking as well as writing skills.
Many don’t try hard enough to become proficient in English because they think they lack something – some call it talent – that fluent speakers possess. After all, why try when talent – and not effort – matters. This post will tell you why this is not true.
Let’s get into the thick of things.
In medieval times, people believed that earth was flat. Therefore, they barely explored the world for the fear of falling off the edge of the planet if they ventured too far. But once they realized that earth was round, they started exploring. As a result, trade routes were established. Science and new ideas spread. And the world progressed much faster.
A fallacy stopped people from exploring the world.
A fallacy stops people from making whole-hearted effort to learn a language.
In his death on 03 March 2018, Sir Roger Bannister left an enduring legacy that is much bigger than the breathtaking mile he ran more than six decades back.
For the starters, let’s travel back in time to understand what he accomplished.
On 06 May 1954, a skinny Oxford medical student, Roger Bannister, became the first person to run a mile under four minutes. Prior to this day, physiologists and athletes believed that running a mile under four minutes is beyond human prowess. His achievement is widely regarded as one of the defining sporting achievements of the twentieth century.