How to Speak Articulately Like You Think


The video discusses techniques for solving the common frustration of being unable to translate thoughts into articulate speech. It shares 3 secrets: using descriptive emotional language instead of vague "blue sky" words, making emotional connections with the listener, and "whisper drafting" to revise sentences. It also recommends 3 resources: sentence starter phrases to ask for thinking time, a list of cognitive priming lines, and upcoming software to help structure speech.

Timestamped Highlights

πŸ€” Our words are a "low bandwidth" translation of the complex web of meanings and feelings in our minds. The listener then unpacks those words into their own experiences. This often feels unsatisfying.
😒 Avoid "blue sky language" that states the obvious rather than conveying unique emotional meaning. Ask yourself what details would defend this as your unique thought.
🀝 Use "emotional bridging" to connect with the listener's parallel emotional experiences to help them understand your feeling.
⏳ Like revising text, "whisper draft" sentences aloud to yourself first to test them out before speaking.
βŒ› Explicitly ask for time to think with useful phrases when you need to gather your thoughts before responding.
🧠 "Cognitive priming" introduces accountability and attention to your words. Prepare the listener that you'll speak with care.
πŸ’‘ Upcoming software is in the works to help structure articulate speech like the great orators.

Key Insights

The satisfactions gap: Understanding why articulation feels unsatisfying. Articulate speech feels unsatisfying because our complex thoughts get oversimplified into words, and the listener unpacks those words through their own experiences. We expect more transparent communication than language allows.
Enriching speech with vivid details and shared feelings. We can get closer to communicating our minds by using vivid sensory details instead of vague "blue sky" words, and connecting with the listener's emotions to transport the feelings behind our thoughts.
Tricks for compiling coherent sentences. Techniques like "whisper drafting" create space to mentally revise sentences. And explicitly asking for time clues in the listener to allow us room formulate clear thoughts.
Preparing the listener primes the speaker. By previewing that you'll speak with care, you create accountability that leads you to be more selective with your words, shaping better articulation.
Software coming soon to structure speech. The creator hints at upcoming software designed to help compose solid sentences and model speech after history's great communicators.
Appreciating the complexity of language. We have incredibly sophisticated minds full of meanings that language carries only approximations of. These tips help narrow that gap between thoughts and words.
A rainbow of understanding. With an attitude of playfulness, we can use little tricks to convey more of our inner rainbow through the single slender stream of words we transmit to listeners. Their unpacking will feel more satisfying.
This blog is a summary of a YouTube video "Why you can’t articulate like you think - YouTube" by Joseph Tsar