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Yes, Yes, Always Do These! Essay Writing Tips

1) Make it Personal

Does your essay tell a personal story? Does it have a voice? Your voice? Or can it be interchanged with an essay by Typical American College Senior? If you took your name off the essay and left it on your friend’s or teacher’s desk, would he or she be able to identify the writer?

2) Make it Specific

Later, we’ll talk more about choosing topics. But my biggest one-word tip? Narrow. If you don’t think your topic is narrow enough, it probably isn’t. Also, if your story doesn’t have a specific beginning and ending point (preferably in a time span that takes less than an hour) you may be left with a whole lot of vagueness—and boring, general language—on your hands.

Once, a student of mine wanted to write about his trip to Europe. Travel essays are risky in themselves (we will talk about that in Topics), but he insisted.

“Okay,” I said. “We can give it a try. But narrow it down.”
So he chose France.
“Smaller,” I said.
“The Louvre?”

“You’re getting closer.”
“The Mona Lisa?”

I gave him a sideways glance. “Everyone talks about the Mona Lisa when they talk about the Louvre.”

“But that’s the thing! I wasn’t into the painting,” he explained. “I liked another one in an adjoining gallery, a painting everyone else ignored for Mona.”

And, boom: we had a topic.

3) Make it Vivid

You want your reader to enter into your story, not peer at it from the outside. While you don’t want to include details just for details’ sake, you need to engage the reader enough to want to emotionally invest in your story. This essay is ultimately about you, of course, not the swampy pulp of orange juice that stuck in your teeth that jittery first morning at your new school. But that swampy pulp is detailed enough to help me feel, and experience, your story with you. And make me want to read on.

4) Make it Narrative

Not an essay-essay. A story-essay. You know. In case you haven’t gotten that idea yet.

5) Make it Natural

You’re going to put a lot of time into this. A lot of drafts. You should. If there’s ever a time to polish a piece of writing, it’s now. However, this is not the time to try out your newest “impressive” vocabulary words or imitate James Joyce.

As Mary Henry of Purdue says, “I like the real stuff. Students shouldn’t try to sound like professors. Essays should be
conversational and paint a picture.”

It’s a balance: sharp but informal; entertaining but analytical.
Be you, but be the best you, you can be. Getting an idea? In the next chapter, we’ll look at a sample student essay and see how the writer brilliantly incorporates the yes-yes’s above!

Effective Communication Skills Essay

Effective Communication Skills are supposedly techniques you can learn in order to improve your ability to have rewarding conversations in your professional life and in your personal life. But the most effective communication is not a skill or a set of rules that you learn and develop. Here is an explanation of what effective communication skills really are and why you already possess them.  You just need to put them to good use! I often write essays for websites, but sometimes  I have no inspiration. With the help of the unique essay writing service my essays become much better!

Effective Communication Skills Mumbo-Jumbo

If any more psychometric rules and techniques enter our lives I think all of our heads may explode. And the reason is simple. Life is not made up of machines (yet). Life is made up of people with feelings. You cannot expect to have a rewarding experience in communication while someone is speaking to you, if you are thinking about something else instead of giving your full attention to what the person is saying to you.

The key phrases above are: “speaking to you” and “saying to you”. It’s “to you” so what are you doing thinking about something else? Why are you thinking  about what you are going to say next instead of listening to what they are saying “to you”?

The Best Effective Communication Skills Are Non-Verbal
Effective communication begins and ends with first arriving in your present environment and not being stuck in your head rehearsing answers to predetermined questions you think you will be asked in a job interview. The interviewer is real. They are just like you. They have feelings and emotions and desires and goals and problems in their life just like you do and not only “just like you do”, but probably very similar ones to yours. So right off the bat you have a lot in common.

Aren’t you the least bit interested in where they came from, where they went to school, whether or not they have a family, and how they came to be in the position they now hold? These aren’t questions you are going to deliberately ask the interviewer, but if you walk into a job interview as a real person who is interested in other people, it will communicate in a very powerful and non-verbal way.