Everything begins with your first impression. The way you dress, the way you walk and the way you talk. If one messes up with even one of these elements, chances are you don’t make an impression at all.
However in our daily life, we focus much more on the external appearance, that is the attire. To that end, a person dressed in brown shoes and a tuxedo may look very smart but may sound absolutely stupid on being spoken to.
As far as speaking is concerned, apart from following the thumb rules of good speaking, it is important to have a strong vocabulary. You don’t want to sound like a well-dressed donkey!
A good vocabulary goes a long way to create the first impression (especially with the ladies).You sound smart plus you can cut a long sentence short if you know the right words. There, a little of time management too!
Though not proven, a good vocabulary can make you successful in the professional world as well, especially if you are marketing and sales.But most importantly good vocabulary can enhance your self-confidence.But how to develop one? Well there are two paths that you can choose from
One can be by going back in time to your childhood days. Make your child self-read more books.The other one, though is a little less adventurous, can be effective if you wish to work on your gift of gab to sound smart.
This path comprises of multiple steps. Three of which are spaced repetition algorithm, establishing long-lasting ties with vocabulary and finally learning vocabulary in-situ.
Use of Spaced Repetition Algorithm To Sound Smart
Though the debates among the lab-coated people are still ongoing, there is some consensus about how memories are formed and established in our brains. The concept of spaced repetition stems from the idea that memories wash away within a given span of time after their formation. The memories recede into oblivion unless they are made to come face to face with new information.
The forgetting curve of the memory lengthens with each exposure and finally is forgotten over time. Thus it is essential to be reviewing the things learned. By churning the memory, a person can bring out the forgotten memories back to the surface.
To that end, spaced repetition has two styles, one the Leitner system and the other is the time tasted flashcard system. There are SRS software also available for phones and desktops nowadays.
The system of using flashcard has gone much out of style. Students using flashcards piled cards and revealed them either on a daily basis or a monthly or weekly basis.
But SRS in the current times is capable of predicting the time when a particular word will become fade. It then goes on to remind you that word at the optimal time, blocking the “data erase”, situation contributing to your increased vocabulary.
Long Lasting Tie with Vocabulary To Sound Smart
We all know the visual impact is the best impact since it leaves a lasting impression. How about trying the same trick while developing a vocabulary.
It has been noted many a time, that victims of many major accidents have been able to provide a vivid description of the incident, touching upon every detail. This is because it is nearly impossible to forget things which we hold very dear to our heart. Humans cannot afford to lose such things.
In case of the accident victims, it was their life. Thus they were aware of all the tits and bits of the incident. The human mind is a labyrinth of mysteries. Concentric rings of onion with information at each layer. In order to understand how human minds associate their feelings with words, neuroscientists have conducted an interesting experiment.
In the experiment, words and sentences were flashed to the study subjects. Whenever the subjects spotted a word which was pertinent to their life experience and incidents, they showed increased brain activities.
Keeping with this experiment, maybe it would be comparatively easy to remember a word if we attach personal experience to it. Pick a word of your choice, say “eschew”. Now try to associate it with your personal experience like “When I take my wife shopping, I eschew the expensive shops”.
Now you have associated the word eschew with your wife and shopping. Rest assured, you will never forget, at least that word!
Learning Vocabulary In-Situ
Would a blade of grass make sense in some random drawing room? Will a piece of a
puzzle make sense on its itself? Words are like that.They do not make sense on their own. They have to be associated with other words in order to make sense.
A blade of grass would make some sense in a green pasture, the piece of the puzzle would be of use on the puzzle board. If isolated, both of these elements will become useless, much like what an isolated word is to the human mind.
Thus to increase vocabulary in an effective way it is important to treat each word as a part of a puzzle or a blade of grass. It is always advisable to learn new words to increase your vocabulary by associating it with others, a.k.a learning them in-situ.
The process becomes easy if a new word is connected with other words, making it more comprehensible. In that context, learning new words from songs, movies and even cartoons are never forgotten. Human minds tend to create a bigger picture with a word thereby adding it to the list of new words learned.
A good vocabulary never goes out of style, unlike popular clothes. Being smart is thus something which must be internalized. Even if people forget which shirt you wore, or if your accessories were complementing your clothes they will not forget how you spoke, they will remember the catchy words and phrases you used during the conversation.
A good vocabulary is a treasure, shareable in nature. When a person uses a good or unique word he/she not only catches the attention of others involved in the conversation, but chances are, he/she will be remembered by the others every time they use that word.
You would perhaps create a better impression if you replaced the phrase “very very happy” with sleek words like thrilled, overjoyed, ecstatic and likes.
A good vocabulary acts as a pointer to an individual’s character. Human beings usually make use of Judgement Heuristics to analyse others. In that context, a good vocabulary may direct others to believe that a certain individual is a voracious reader having a wealth of knowledge.
So go on! Envelop your persona is a wrap of a good vocabulary. That is one style that never goes out of fashion.