Is there a difference between Speaking Well versus Speaking Effectively?
What’s the Difference?
Speaking Well means everyone can appreciate what you have to say. That they heard what you wanted to share with them and they understood each and every word.
However, Speaking Effectively means something entirely different. It means that your message reached its audience.
Have you ever listened to candidates speaking before a huge crowd and notice the reactions among the crowd? Not all of the audience heard the same message although the same words were aimed at them. Not all of the audience received the same set of instructions that the rest of the crowd heard. Why is that?
Remember a few nights back when Presidential hopeful Trump spoke about the now infamous 2nd Amendment and Ms. Clinton? Did you watch the news coverage explanations of what Mr. Trump meant as opposed to really meant?
In this speech Mr. Trump spoke well, but he didn’t speak effectively. Or did he speak effectively, but not well? Mr. Trump spoke effectively, but not well.
Not well because the message he sent was received wrongly by a small percentage of people. Many thought he advocated or advised people who supported the 2nd amendment to go out and put Ms. Clinton out of her misery. Or worse, elect Mr. Trump president so Ms. Clinton wouldn’t be put out of her misery.
Was it a bluff? Was it treason? What was it?
The problem is when a person speaks they need to be mindful of their words and their impact. paat part of Mr. Trump’s charm and strategy is to speak from the hip. That’s fine as long as everyone else, including his opponents understand his strategy. However, it doersn’t give Mr. Trump license to steal, cheat or inspire or motivate people to take law into their own hands. The same piece of parchment paper that Mr. Trump uses is also the same piece of parchment paper that Ms. Clinton has the right to use as well. And, when anyone crosses the line, they are held responsible for their words.
Which leads us to another unspoken law. When words are mis-used or used incorrectly, does the audience or the people being spoken to, don’t they have a responsibility to own up to the improper use of words and ask these words not be repeated.
Now, I know my history. Nazi Germany and Italy did not take responsibility for their words and the results were rather dismal for those people whom the words were spoken out against.
Will history repeat itself or will our citizens speak out and against those who use words to further their own ends? Only time will tell.
The next time you want to get your point across, your message across, your feelings, emotions, hatred, sympathy whatever the occasion demands, first remember this. Do you want to be remembered for speaking well or do you want to be remembered for speaking effectively?
Only you can decide to use one of them or — both!