Open Mouth. Insert Foot.

National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Healing

Prompt – How do you communicate best? Speaking or writing?

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When am I the most powerful communicator? When I write, or when I speak?

I suppose the best answer I can give is, ‘It depends.’

As far as reach goes, my writing carries much farther than anything I’ve ever said. Of course, sometimes that opens me up to criticism too. Those people I haven’t reached. But I tried.

However, I do feel quite comfortable speaking in front of large groups as well, and always feel like my message is making it. Well, mostly. There’s always that one guy…

So I guess it really depends. Perhaps it depends upon what mode of communication works best for the recipient of my message. Some folks like the option of reading a passage and mulling it over. Some prefer to have the story told to their face. Some need it both ways before communication can occur.

With both the written and the spoken word, I still often feel like I’ve tangled my words and mis-spoken. It happens less with writing, which gives me confidence. But writing takes so long. Sometimes it’s easier to just say it aloud.

…And hope I don’t put my foot in my mouth.

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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