Conversation

I used to wonder what I would do if I was put in prison. No, no, don’t worry, I haven’t committed any crimes that I’m aware of. At least, nothing that would warrant being incarcerated at her majesty’s pleasure. No, I was thinking about it as a way of maximising opportunities. You remember that guy who was imprisoned in Lebanon (or somewhere like that) and instead of bemoaning his ill-luck (although I’m pretty sure he did a bit of that too) he improved his golf handicap instead? Terry Waite? Anyway, like that.

By the way, if I was put in prison, I’d read a lot and educate myself more. Which, thinking about it, is what I do now. Ha, that says a lot about my life, right?

(my life is a prison -just in case you didn’t get it)

So, yeah.

The reason I started to write this post is that I had a thought. It went like this: when I get home I have an hour’s grace then I get the opportunity to walk to ASDA (a shop) without being able to read, listen to music, play with my phone or turn cartwheels in the muddy fields. Then I thought: what can I do to make this walk enjoyable? And the answer is?

CONVERSATION!

I’ll let you know how it goes it you’re interested. Let me know in the comments. We can converse about it. 😃

How to Talk Well

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This one is for me. As a compulsive mumbler I don’t really have the habit of Talking Well. But I’m sure that I can change given enough incentive. So let’s hope I give myself some, right?

I realised ages ago why I mumble. It’s because I have good ears. I’ve noticed that one reason people speak loudly is that they’re a little bit hard of hearing, which means that they have to turn up the volume of their voice-box in order to hear themselves. This has the unfortunate effect of making people like me step back a pace or two.

I’m the opposite. In order to hear myself at what I consider to be a normal level, I have to reduce my volume. This makes it sound, to other people, like I’m mumbling.

So, if that’s all there is to it, then all we have to do in order to Talk Well is take feedback from other people as to whether we’re too loud or too soft. Then we just adjust accordingly.

Ah, if only life were that simple.

The other thing I’ve found is that I don’t open my mouth and move it around enough when I talk. I tend to keep it small and immobile, which means that less sound gets out and, when it does, it’s kinda compressed. I’ve experimented with this and I find that if I exaggerate the movements of my mouth more than I normally would then the words come out much clearer.

Basically, I have to talk like some people talk to foreigners and old people. And yeah, I know that’s bad to say things like that, but there are people like that in the world that talk to others like they are idiots. But they’re not.

Anyhow, so that’s what I have to do. I think that they call it enunciation and pronunciation. And if you saw how much my mouth has to move to say those words then you’d laugh.

So in summary: in order to Talk Well speak up and move your mouth more.

Well, that’s all I have to say on the subject. Hope you enjoyed this tip. Have yourself a beautiful day until next time. And if there isn’t a next time then I hope everything you do is beautiful and enjoyable.

Talking Without Interruption

Why is it that when I’m talking I get interrupted a lot? I rarely get the change to finish my thought and sometimes I can’t even get through a sentence without someone butting in with their own fascinating observations.

What? Nothing to say now? No interesting interjection? Eh?

Hmm.

Actually, that’s the beauty of blogging: no interruptions. Sometimes I don’t even get a reply from the person reading. Present company excepted of course.

Talking in Comments

You have started talking to each other in the comments on my posts.

I LOVE THAT!

Please do it more! 🙂

Please do it all the time with reckless abandon and complete freedom.

Please – y’all love each other and get on like a true family should be – loving, supporting and embracing each other.

Very happy. 😀

Nice.