Is it necessary to keep speaking and make noise all the time? Why do silences and pauses make us feel awkward? When you find yourself in a conversation, whether live or online, it isn’t necessary to always have the last say in everything. Sometimes the best response is no response at all.
Part of upgrading your communication skills is instilling vocal and movement exercises into your daily routine. You may feel silly doing these exercises initially, but these help you become more familiar with your articulators and the muscles that you use to speak.
Another way that people form impressions about us is our manner of speaking and the content. Our usage of words, voice quality and tone and the way that we project our voices can say a lot about how we view ourselves, what we do for a living and how we process information, interactions & situations.
I gave a short talk on appearance, poise and behavior for the ushering and welcome ministry of Focus on Christ International Ministries.
Sometimes, the atmosphere in a social gathering can be ruined just because of conversation topics that are considered taboo, off-limits or too intrusive. Asking about a person’s salary, talking about someone’s sex life, poking fun at religion or bullying people because of it… it may seem like others have accepted this as a norm, but it’s good to be reminded about manners, respect & courtesy.