I love it when I tap the veins in my fingers and bleed virtues into a blank paper — when the place, time, season or how I feel no longer matter.
It’s like my fingers are taking my mind on a walk to find the door that opens to the place where my Muse lives. The more I write, the better the ideas touch down on earth fired up to run the walkway and leap into the heart of my readers.
Since I had read in the bible when I was young that the fingers of God wrote and still writing. I began to cherish my notepads far more than my clothes and money!
There is one simple, yet powerful thing that I have observed in the past 15 years that’s closely attached to how successful you will be – no matter your age, background, location or skin color.
That thing is called COMMUNICATION.
Think about this… at one stage or the other in your life, you will have to:
- – write an exam
- – speak to convince a recruiter
- – negotiate with your spouse, daughter or in a business deal
- – put on a gesture to pass a piece of information or trigger others to action
- – read to learn, to solve your problems
- – listen to make different types of decisions
I have seen that if you don’t master how to write, speak, read, make gestures or listen, you will be faced with a lot of challenges in life.
This is why I have decided to take just one portion of the communication spectrum in the article, to show you how to write (and maybe say) things in ways that will get others to listen.
Don’t ever forget this: in any form of communication there is always an effective and compelling way to write that people will be hungry for more. You will hold their eyes at the jugular for massive attention.
Now, let me share with you a few examples and show you how to do that in real-time.
Let’s say you want to describe a cooked food, what you simply need to do is express the description of the food by touching it, what do you feel (what happens) to your sense organs by just the touch of that food item.
>>> Look at this:
- The aroma of the food danced around the whole building like butterflies that found sugar in a hibiscus flower. (Your organ of smell).
- The taste is 5 times sweeter than honey. All my taste buds woke up and are thirsty for more. My lips and tongue couldn’t but stand at attention. (Your organ of taste).
- The hot food chased off all the coldness on my lips. The harmattan found a path of quick escape. (Your organ of taste).
- My eyes were in movies as the flames from the food escaped into my nostrils. (Your organ of sight and smell).
- I could hear the joy among the food molecules eager to visit the drumming boys of hunger in my stomach. (Your organ for hearing).
What did you feel while reading that? Do you get the idea?
Imagine that you want to describe how a pen works, again, try to infuse how your sense organs will perceive the pen when it is in action.
>>> Look at this:
- My taste buds are always alive and thirsty for an apple, every time I open the tip cover of the pen. (Your organ of taste)
- The ink flows effortlessly on my notepads like chilled water flowing down my chest on a hot afternoon. (Your organ of touch)
- My eyes found pleasure as the words sparkle on the book leaflets. (Your organ of sight)
- The gentle feel of the pen between my fingers reminds me of the succulent touch of a newborn baby. (Your organ of touch)
- Hop, step, jump – the pen listens to me, it follows my hand as it moves through the canvas of the table. (Your organ for hearing)
Yeah, that’s it! Do you get the flow?
What you have tried to do above is to describe things that are inanimate, as if they are alive, have legs, and breathe like a human being.
One of the reasons why we will read that and enjoy it is because we are human beings, and we love to see things that sound like us.
That’s why we love people that see the movies we like, we join networks of people that are in the same professions as ours, and we become a fan of a football club because it is our best friend’s club of choice.
So, when you write, speak, or anything that has to do with communicating, one of the things you need to watch out for are the ways to dance to the tune of what people love to hear, by serving their emotions with the finest rows of words and sentences.
This doesn’t mean you need to be all flowery or have to overthink this process to master the art.
Start small, and build on it gradually.
For now, look over the two exercises above, and begin to change out a few words, connecting it with the appropriate simile (use of this, is ‘like’ that) and metaphor (this is that).
Damilola Fasoranti writes in his dreams and helps fearful entrepreneurs to finally launch their awesome dreams. He is a Tedx Speaker, a professional educator and the Chief Listener at Prikkle Academy (in Nigeria) where he provokes young people to turn their skills, gifts and knowledge into social solutions.