How To Express Our Thoughts Clearly?

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How to express thoughts? This is one of the most difficult steps I faced regularly when I start thinking writing about on a given subject.

Managing editor of Library Hub, Emily Temple writes that the following writing advice from renowned poet Robert Frost were her most useful framework for her as a writer and a reader.

  • “Begins in delight and ends in wisdom.”
  • “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.”

Kevin Dickinson, Learning Curve columnist at Big Think and Big Think+, shares his three rules of effective communication in a recent Big Think article. The following are the key takeaways from the article:

  • Whether you are a public speaker or having a heart-to-heart, it can be challenging to express your thoughts clearly.
  • Alan Alda recommends making no more than three points, explaining difficult ideas in three ways, and repeating key points three times.
  • However, these strategies will fall flat if not paired with an honest desire to connect with other people.

Temple writes that Alan Alda‘s one of the well known public speaker, science enthusiast, and long-time advocate for better science communication and has reportedly interviewed many scientists and has won many journalist awards as well. Temple writes the following three strategies for better communications:

  • Make no more than three points. Alda advises “you to limit your conversation points to no more than three, allowing you and your partner to focus on the thought at hand while avoiding disruptive additions”.
  • Explain difficult ideas in three different ways. “If I have a difficult thing to understand, if there’s something I think is not going to be that easy to get, I try to say it in three different ways. I think if you come in from different angles you have a better chance of getting a three-dimensional view of this difficult idea,” Alda in an interview.
  • Make important points three times. “Repetition is a powerful communication tool because it helps us identify key information and transfer it from short-term to long-term memory”. 

Quoting Alda, Temple writes “the true heart of communication is connection. Your goal shouldn’t be to enthrall your audience with a creative metaphor, meaningful pause, or witticism. That’s rhetoric, not communication”.