I’ve been thinking about what skills people need to communicate well verbally besides such things as are generally in the syllabi for English composition/ELA classes. (I’m using I am verbal to mean both written and oral words.)
I’ve only come up with a few that I don’t think are study topics in those classes but which seem to be very important. They are the ability to:
- Recognize when language is being used figuratively.
- Recognize when the change of a word’s function signals a change in its meaning.
- Craft an analogy to explain a complex idea.
- Build a list of three or more items using parallel structure.
- Condense a complex concept or process into a fraction of its original length without changing its essential meaning.
Can you suggest other communications skills that ought to be on my list?