How Improving Your Vocabulary can Improve Your Life

If you know me personally you will know that I love to read. One of the biggest advantages I have got from reading is that my vocabulary has improved tremendously. I have learnt many new words and have a greater command of my language. I am also able to communicate my ideas more effectively. Developing a great vocabulary is one of the most overlooked ways to improve our lives. Many people believe that learning new words is only useful for writers and speakers. The truth is that everyone can benefit from it, both personally and professionally. Let’s see how.

A good vocabulary enhances communication skills

Many people believe the point of having a good vocabulary is to use fancy, arcane words. This is not the point. For communication to be effective, it must be straightforward. The simpler, the better. Having a good vocabulary is more than knowing a large amount of words – it is being able to choose words with greater precision. The funny truth is that the more words you know, the fewer you’ll need – and everyone knows the most valuable talent is never to use two words when one will do:-)

Think of every word is a tool, ready to be used at the right time. Every time you grasp a new word, you end up with more than just a new tool, you understand the ones you already know better.

Increased vocabulary opens your mind

Another advantage of improving your vocabulary is that it opens your mind. People who possess a limited vocabulary have a much tougher time breaking out from old patterns of thought or questioning. By the same token, each new word you learn opens a new channel of thought, empowering you to think or take action in ways you could never have before.

Better Vocabulary = Better Results

There has been some research done on the impact of vocabulary on people’s lives. This research has drawn some amazing conclusions from a vast amount of tests and experiments, performed in more than 20 years of research.

A significant part the research done by Johnson O’ Conner who observed successful people in many walks of life and from diverse demographics. He tested everyone from students about to take their SAT’s, to engineers working in their areas of expertise, to executives in large corporations and many others. No matter which area he looked at, and no matter how he analyzed the data, the results were always the same: a person’s vocabulary level is the best single predictor of occupational success. WOW!

This is especially true for knowledge workers, that the determinant of their professional success depends entirely on their thinking and communication skills. If you analyze every activity you perform as a knowledge worker, you’ll always get down to either thinking or communicating.

So, if words are tools for both thought and communication, it’s no surprise that those who master them have a much greater chance of success – not only professionally, but in their lives as a whole.

In my next post, I will be sharing a couple of practical ways to improve your vocabulary.

 

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