AEE 271: How to NOT Talk in Circles in English

circlesAre you getting to the point in English quickly and directly?

Today, learn 3 reasons you might be talking in circles when it comes to business English, and how you can get your point across more precisely!

 

Is it common in your culture to be indirect when you speak to others?  Is it better to be direct and use the active voice in English?

 

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When Americans speak to each other, they often get to the point quickly.  This may feel uncomfortable or even rude to a person from another culture.  But if you aren’t direct, there’s a danger of never getting to the point, and talking in circles.

Another problem is, if you don’t have the necessary vocabulary, you may be trying to go around what you really mean.  The only way to correct this is to find the precise words you need by expanding your vocabulary.

A third reason for talking in circles is nervousness.  Speaking another language can fill a person with anxiety, and when we’re nervous we might easily end up talking without getting to the point.  Fixing this is as simple as taking a deep breath and relaxing.

 

Have you had trouble with talking in circles?

Tell us about it in the comments section below! 

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