Words, we know, are powerful things. Edward Bulwer-Lytton worded it wonderfully with the phrase, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Writers and public speakers, and other assorted wordsmiths all know this, and often turn to the penned word for inspiration. The written word also provides opportunities for vocabulary building, and for experiencing alternative turns of phrase.
But the spoken word offers even more! It provides the nuances, rhythms, and modulations which enrich the linguistic art. Great speakers should read (by all means yes), but even more – they must listen.
Once this process of infilling (by pen and voice) is entered into, it becomes your turn to take the words to a new level. To give them life. Maya Angelou reflected that, “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.”
So, be a student of words, let the vocal variety of others wash over you and fill you with their wonder. Then, add your unique contribution to the chain of linguistic beauty. You, yes you, have the power.