On Verbalizing Thoughts

As I continued my prep work for my group meeting presentation coming this Friday, I began to think about what it means to verbalize something.

In particular, I began to think about verbalizing “why” I do things.

Verbalizing something allows me to communicate what I’m thinking to other people. In other words, my thoughts are no longer an isolated ifgment of my mind, but something that can now potentially influence other people and have an impact on the world. Verbalizing, thus, lets me help others understand my motivations behind doing something. It promotes understanding, debate, and progress.

Verbalizing something also allows me to reinforce my convictions on that thing, as it  forces me to choose the exact words that I require in order to communicate what I’m thinking. I find, from empirical e=observation of myself, that when I find the words that correctly express what I believe, I believe what I believe more strongly. Aside from being an exercise in my vocabulary, the act of verbalizing an idea, a concept, or a belief over and over allows me to reinforce what I know and what I believe.

And finally, for the purposes of a talk – at its core, an experience in educating others, verbalizing something beforehand allows me to catch, on my own or with the help of others, errors that I might be committing in logical fallacies, or in the factual evidence that I have. The back-and-forth feedback between saying/writing something, hearing/looking at it, and understanding exactly what I heard or wrote, is an important exercise in getting things done right.