Speaking well

Some people have excellent writing skills. Some people speak fluently and clearly. It’s a gift if one can speak with clarity and write with quality.

We are used to assessing the written word. Our schools give us plenty of opportunities to write. Literature Essays, Science Reports and plenty of other opportunities. However, speaking as a skill is often overlooked.

Speaking well is super important. It reflects your quality of thinking. What may speaking well entail?

  1. Speaking in clear sentences.
  2. Words flow from one to the next smoothly without deliberation and very few refrain phrases like “um”, “you know” , “right?” and other stock phrases.
  3. Avoiding a circuitous path when asking questions. Being precise when framing a question and using the right tone of voice when asking a question.
  4. Knowing when silence is important.
  5. Looking for right gaps in other people’s speaking so you can speak
  6. Paraphrasing other people’s sentences to emphasize a point or get better clarity.
  7. Recording some of your conversations and reviewing what and how you spoke. It’s super easy to record with the omnipresent smartphone.

Speech is like other muscles in our body that gets better with repetitive practice.

What are some other techniques to hone one’s speaking skills?

PS: There are many people with speech impediments. If you interact with them, you have to empathize and go the extra mile to encourage them to express themselves.

Personal Thinking

Owning nothing

A thought experiment.

Imagine nothing is yours. You need all these things but you don’t own them. The money you earn. The house you buy. Your wife. Your great children. The glitzy car. The perfect job. Kudos on an award. And the list goes on.

If you went with these thoughts for awhile and actively envision that these are God’s things and he has given them to you to serve him, how does that change your life? How long can you keep up these thoughts?

I’m sure it takes a lot of work to get into that mindset. Once we master it, we may be truly liberated.

Personal Technology

IT Crowd says Hello Car

We switched from a gas sipping mini van (yes, a mini van) to an all electric vehicle this week. We decided to shake up 2020 just a little bit as it waned and bit the dust. No phoenixing there 2020!

Fast charging is in it’s infancy. Chargers are sprouting up at Whole Foods, Fred Meyer, Target, Outlet malls and other places. I’ve not looked for the Super chargers yet.

The average time to charge from 20% to 80% is around 45 minutes. That’s a long time to be waiting, so have to combine with taking calls or shopping or eating out.

Electrify America is a network of chargers. It’s free to charge with my EV vehicle. Oh! – no “charge” for charging was my friend’s dad quip.

It’s not fun to charge when it’s nasty rain. Double not fun when charging errors happen multiple times. Timeout, starting errors, you fool. I felt like I was staring at my browser while holding a live current handle in wet rain.

After trying another location and failing three more times, I called the support number. I had assumed it was a vehicle issue but my car support suggested I call the charging vendor. They rebooted the charging station remotely and then I was able to charge the vehicle.

You wonder why I’m not charging at home. We wait for 220v to the garage. Until then, we have to charge outside. It’s a good practice run too.

Oh, how it feels when you are paying to test the product. Have you tried turning it off and turning it on again?