Our brains are wired for speech naturally. Children learn to speak at a very early age. They learn to read and write later. You can speak and understand a language, without necessarily reading or writing it.
From the cradle we become used to the patterns, the cadences, the rhythms of speech. So it’s easier for us to receive and understand conversational speech rather than hearing something that has been written more formally and then spoken. Writing something first, then speaking it, goes against our natural instincts.
Yet many of us still insist on writing our speeches or presentations in silence, using only our eyes as judge and jury. The only way to truly impact the brains of your audience is to deliver words in the manner they have been accustomed from birth to receive them. By using the naturally spoken language, not the written language.
When you are preparing or rehearsing a presentation, say your sentence out loud. Listen to it. Say if over and over to find the most natural expression of your thought. Then and only then, write it verbatim.
That’s the way of the TalkitOut Technique. You speak first, listen, then write. That way your message will be truly conversational. You will be heard and more importantly, understood, by your audience.
Try TalkitOut. It’s what we do – naturally.
It’s child’s play.
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