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May 1 question – What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
That would be my first day of school. Anyone who has had to exert enormous energy to avoid crossing the path of the Cindy Beth’s of this world knows the power of words.
One of things I enjoy in writing novels is revealing the character’s thoughts through the nuances of body language, facial expressions, skin temperature and sweat, etc. If I do my job well enough, the reader knows what the character is thinking or about to say before the words fall onto the pages.
Business communication classes have helped me in my relationships with people. I’ve become more conscious of the messages I’m expressing – adjusting the tone of my voice, tilt of my head, softening of the face, shifting my shoulders forward, etc. It’s an improvement over the previous ‘me’ who tended to be very direct, a bit defensive, a carry over from always being on the run from Cindy Beth.
Animals are pros at communicating, even without words they readily share their wishes and feelings.