How to articulate ideas

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How to articulate ideas
Speak clearly, concisely and with confidence. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Ideas are the lifeblood of culture, civilization, scientific discovery and art. However, because they begin in your mind, ideas aren’t visible to others until you bring them to life with words. Articulating your ideas means expressing them in a fluid and coherent way that others can understand and relate to.

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Things you need

  • Pen and paper.

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    Express yourself in writing. Ideas begin as abstract concepts, but writing them down puts them into a concrete form and helps you to arrange your thoughts logically. If, for example, you are a budding entrepreneur with an idea for a product that you want to sell to potential investors, putting your vision onto paper helps you to define it more clearly. You can fine-tune it, which will make it more convincing to others. Outline the nature of your idea clearly and precisely, back it up with evidence that demonstrates its potential benefits and explain how you will implement it.

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    Speak concisely and coherently. Avoiding unnecessary words and phrases takes you straight to the point and holds your audience’s attention. If, for example, you want to redecorate your living room in a blue and white themed beach style on a budget and want to convince your spouse that it will make your home more attractive and relaxing say something like: “A blue and white beach themed room is relaxing and will make us think of those seaside holidays we had when we were kids. It wouldn’t cost a lot of money because we could strip down and repaint old furniture and accessorise with quirky sculptures made from driftwood.”

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    Go with the flow. Speaking fluently means allowing sentences to flow into one another in a natural and logical sequence. Regardless of whether your idea is a simple or complex one, a cohesive structure makes it more attractive and comprehensible. If, for example, you are writing an English essay based on the idea that a writer’s work is influenced by a place or setting, a sentence quoting a relevant extract from a personal letter in which the writer discusses the natural landscape might be followed by another that connects the letter with one of the writer’s poems or prose works about the natural world.

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    Speak confidently and expressively. This can captivate your listeners and help sell your idea. Stand or sit up straight while you are speaking, take deep breaths, subtly emphasize key words, modulate your tone and pace according to your material and make your voice an instrument for the passion you feel for your idea. Don’t be afraid to try out your new speaking skills on friends and family.

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