7 Deadly Sins of Speaking- Bad Speaking Habits

Sep 14, 2016 | Living

Speaking, be it with family, friends, colleagues or in social settings, is a very important part of our lives. Knowing what to speak, how much to speak and when to speak is an art that not many of us understand well. We tend to speak spontaneously, without giving much thought to our audience and the impression we make on them. More often than we think, we subconsciously tend to indulge in habits that are best avoided such as judging, complaining and exaggerating. As a result, we find our reputations getting tarnished without quite understanding why!

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

Plato

Here we present 7 bad habits of speaking and the effect they have on people around us. This post has been inspired by Julian Treasure’s (a sound and speech expert) TED Talks.

Bad Speaking Habits, Better speaking, Soft Skills, Communication Skills, Judging

Judging

“Don’t judge a man by his opinions, but what his opinions have made of him.”

– Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Bad Speaking Habits, Better speaking, Soft Skills, Communication Skills, Gossiping

Gossiping

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”

– Socrates

Bad Speaking Habits, Better speaking, Soft Skills, Communication Skills, Being negative

Being negative

“Negativity is the enemy of creativity.”

– David Lynch

Bad Speaking Habits, Better speaking, Soft Skills, Communication Skills, Making Excuses

Making excuses

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

– George Washington

Bad Speaking Habits, Better speaking, Soft Skills, Communication Skills, Complaining

Complaining

“Say and do something positive that will help the situation; it doesn’t take any brains to complain.”

– Robert A. Cook

Bad Speaking Habits, Better speaking, Soft Skills, Communication Skills

Exaggerating

“Exaggeration is the melodramatic child of truth.”

– Khang Kijarro Nguyen

Bad Speaking Habits, Better speaking, Soft Skills, Communication Skills, Being dogmatic

Being dogmatic

“Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

– John F. Kennedy