how to articulate your thoughts into words

How to Articulate Your Thoughts Into Words

Why do the words not come out as they sound in my head?

“I had it all figured out in my head. I knew exactly what I was going to say! Practiced it over and over in my head! But for some reason, it didn’t come out anything like I’d practiced! Why can’t I articulate my thoughts clearly?”

I can’t tell you how many times a day I hear these sentiments!

You’re working on a project, it’s brilliant. The client is going to benefit; it’ll be better than anything your competition can drum up. You even practice what you’re going to say in your head.

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Did the words not come out right?

Now here you are at the meeting, you open your mouth, words come out, but you’re looking at blank faces. Nobody seems to understand what you’ve just said.

Five minutes later, Daria says the same thing and gets all the credit!

For some reason you may have used too many words–you said the same thing three different ways. Or maybe the words just got garbled. Or maybe it was full of filler words.

Or: You’re conveying your message, but it’s coming out all Speedy Gonzalez or too high pitched. It’s not perceived as credible, and people have a hard time processing what you’re saying. That’s not going to get you where you need to go!

You have crystallized ideas in your mind, but getting them out is challenging. How can this be?!

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Techniques to articulate your thoughts aloud.

 You know people who appear credible and are super influential. They speak and people are magnetized and engaged. They know how to speak up in meetings and they have a strong verbal brand. Who are these people? Are they from Mars? Another galaxy?

No. They’ve learned and mastered the techniques to speaking well. Once you learn the techniques you’re a confident superstar. You become trustworthy and credible.

A crisp clear speaking voice and powerful executive presence are essential to being an incredible communicator.

You’re doing an incredible job. But no one knows it if you can’t articulate it.

I know you’re out there doing your job to the best of your ability. You’re giving it your all and your stuff is good. But no one’s going to know it if you can’t articulate it.

Let’s do it together! I recommend you reach out to us and get started with a personalized course or if you’re a DIY type, take The Voice Spa. The Voice Spa teaches you to use a magnetic voice, speak concisely and at the perfect pace. It trains you to be authoritative & persuasive, yet warm and engaging.

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Not being able to articulate their thoughts happens to almost everyone.

My clients all think they’re the only ones who don’t articulate their thoughts into words. I swear. When I meet people for a consult they describe it to me as if I’ve never heard it before. And if it’s 5 pm I’ve heard it 11 times that day already.

So I said “almost” everyone but I really mean everyone.

I don’t know why people don’t talk about it with each other, but there you are. Thinking you’re all alone and meanwhile, everyone’s going through the same thing!

Well, read on to find out how to articulate your thoughts into words. Then share it with your friends. They’ll thank you!

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Why do your words not come out as they sound in your head?

Mystery solved.

We can have ideas crystalized in our minds; however, conveying them to others involves translation. We have to translate our ideas so our listeners may easily perceive them.

Remember: your thoughts are well-cemented in your mind because of all of the experiences you’ve had and the pictures you see. 

You could be trying to explain yourself to your identical twin with whom you’ve had the same experiences for your whole life, and you still may have a misunderstanding.

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Translate your ideas into words.

Now imagine you’re the CTO explaining something to the CEO. Identical twins? Very far from it. Almost none of the same experiences and no same “mind images” or even knowledge. You depend on each other with your different proficiency bases.

(When I talk about pictures in our minds, I mean that when we learn the names of objects or concepts throughout our lives, we draw pictures in our minds. A simple example is if I grew up with a German Shephard and you grew up with a Shihtzoh. Our mind’s images of “dogs” would be different. It’s neuroscience.)

Then the connections in your mind are different from others’ minds. It may be easy for you to draw a particular conclusion and perhaps not the same for someone else. They may be drawing different conclusions.

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How to articulate your thoughts into words.

  1. Learn how to make a high-stakes situation into one where you don’t worry about the outcome. How do we do that? We do that by removing the impact that fight-or-flight has on our bodies. You’ll need to learn to be relaxed in your high-stakes situations and treat them as low-stakes.
     
  2. Turn your message into your narrative. Redesign it a few times and make it YOUR STORY. The concepts you want to share should roll off your tongue (in different ways) in every type of milieu you find yourself in.
     
  3. Articulate your complex ideas more simply. Deliver your message in chunks or bullets. You must be concise with your message so others can process it quickly. People’s brains are working hard for them to survive and thrive. If it’s too difficult to process your message, their brains check out. You can see it in their eyes. 
     
  4. Ask for confirmation. When you’ve completed conveying a concept, ask if you’ve explained it well. Don’t ask if your listeners understand; that’s off-putting.
     
  5. Speak slowly. If you practice these tips to slow down your speech, you’ll sound completely natural, and you won’t lose any time. 🙂 This is all part of being an incredible communicator at work.
     
  6. Record yourself and assess. It’s not shameful not to be a perfect communicator. Anyone you know who’s excellent has worked on it! Be a scientist and make those improvements in your ability to convey your thoughts into words. If you put as much time into improving your speaking game as you do your tennis/golf game, you might go places. Love you!       
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Knock it out of the park

My friends, not only can you get your message across as well as it sounded in your head when you were silently practicing your soliloquy, but you can be even better.

You can be incredibly engaging and influential

To this day, and I’ve been doing this for a long time, people I meet still don’t know just how well they can become at developing relationships, influencing others, passionately expressing their ideas.

Learning how to speak clearly is integral to relationship building, getting a job, dating, absolutely anything that involves opening your mouth to speak.

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All day long people tell me they can’t articulate their thoughts into words.

And they each think they’re the only one!

It’s incredible after I speak to someone for the first time, and they tell me that people don’t listen and don’t follow their call to action.

Then when I tell them that this problem belongs to everyone I’ve ever met, they’re always shocked. And then I’m shocked that they’re shocked! 🙂

I listen to 15 people per day tell them the same thing! And 20 more are writing it in an email or the contact us form. Guys! You are not alone. This is a common problem!

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Confident and persuasive.

The fact is that not only can you make people want to listen to you and do what you say, but you can become confident and persuasive in every situation you find yourself.

My clients become sought after. They practice with me. They work on the techniques in the systematic fashion that I give them. And they become quite desirable. They don’t need to look for jobs or even interview. Because people reach out to them!

You can do this yourself with The Voice Spa video course. Or you can get in touch with us for individual sessions.

If you’re bootstrapping it on your own, click through the links in this article to learn the specifics. You can use that technique throughout this blog.

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Want to easily articulate your thoughts into words? The Voice Spa will train you.

The Voice Spa first teaches you to be habitually relaxed in all high-stakes situations. You’ll be ultra-confident and cool as a cucumber being interview on Bloomberg or GMA. You’ll be smooth as silk during an interview or on Shark Tank 🙂

Next, you learn to use a concise speaking style. Then I teach you the techniques to being authoritative & persuasive and how to articulate your thoughts into words. I give you lots of practice.

You’ll learn to use a back resonance which gives you a very professional and authoritative sound. Your voice will be so magnetic people will do precisely what you tell them to do.

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If you do your homework (it’s not brain surgery but requires some diligence), you’ll end up being an incredibly well-spoken persuasive person. You’ll still be you, only more compelling and influential.

16 thoughts on “How to Articulate Your Thoughts Into Words”

  1. It’s so true! I do get a bit frustrated when something felt clear in my mind but then when it came out it sounded like gibberish! Or sometimes it doesn’t come out at all. Very insightful that it’s like translating your ideas into a different language.

    1. Just ask the person you’re speaking to next if they ever have the same thing happen to them. IF they ever have a clear idea that comes out less powerful than they wanted it to. It happens to everyone!

  2. Yes, I have to work on being concise. But I didn’t realize you could work on your story. Getting on it.

    It drives me crazy when I hear people tell a story and their sentences are 5 miles long.

    1. It happens so much, Kara. Almost everyone needs to work on being more concise, but for some reason, all my clients think they’re alone! That they’re the only ones.

  3. “We can have ideas crystalized in our minds; however, conveying them to others involves translation.” This right here. I hadn’t ever thought of it as translating for myself (or for my brain, haha), but you’re so right. I often fumble with words because I haven’t fully thought out what I was going to say. I love your advice to “talk slowly,” so simple, but so impactful. Loving your advice in your articles!

  4. My biggest challenge is when I get asked something that i have not prepared for , then I feel like I cant digest the question quick enough and response with the answer that I want to give. ( usually I will have better answer after I do the reflection at the end of it ) 🤣

  5. I’m unable to articulate my thoughts when I’m put on the spot by someone asking me a question; I feel like it holds me back. From reading your posts I think its because I’m always in a rush to answer to avoid any awkward silences. I agree that speaking slowly and delivering my message in chunks will help a lot. 🙂

  6. This is so insightful! No one ever talks about this. I didn’t know it myself!

    I sometimes find myself being unable to articulate my message and also in the receiving end of a story that is confusing.

    I dunt think people realize that they can improve this.

  7. No matter what you are thinking up there in your brain. It is nothing until it is converted into words in an articulated manner. Ha! I always feel like I know exactly what I’m going to say until I’m in the meeting. Then it doesn’t come out right. 🙁 Or even if I just tell a story. I seem to be unable to stop talking and no one gets my story. I’m going to try what you say, it’s obviously going to take some effort. I would love to deliver everything I have in my mind. Thank you for helping me in providing something to hold on to.

  8. It doesn’t matter what you are thinking up stairs. It is nothing until it is converted into spoken words in an articulated manner. I have noted all your tips from building a narrative to recording yourself and assessing later. These a invaluable tips. Now it is up to me to practice these tips into action. I would love to deliver everything I have in my mind. I’ll be returning to take more tips on other areas I need improvement.

  9. I have face this situation many times especially in formal conversation. I have many good ideas but I failed to express, also whenever I have any doubts I can’t put them in proper words. I sometimes think I myself make things complicated and then fail to deliver it. I m gonna your advice of articulating complex ideas into simpler way. THANK YOU!

  10. I have face this situation many times especially in formal conversation. I have many good ideas but I failed to express, also whenever I have any doubts I can’t put them in proper words. I sometimes think I myself make things complicated and then fail to deliver it. I m gonna use your advice of articulating complex ideas into simpler way. THANK YOU!

  11. Happens to me all the time ( hate it). I come up with the greatest speech for a presentation or even a reply to an email, but I put them on paper or even read it back to someone as practice , I go huh? i really need to get used to relaxing and recording myself . That way I can hear how it sounds and make changes which should eventually help in making the ‘speech’ my own story.

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