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Speaking Clearly

Ones | Although Ones speak precisely, this is not the same as speaking clearly. Speak from your heart as well as your gut and mind; this will not only slow down your responses, they will become more pure and clear.

Twos | Twos often temper what they say before speaking, and while speaking thoughtfully helps others be more responsive, the downside is that the message can become muddy rather than clear. Learn to process your thoughts faster, check in with your gut, then allow your heart to be the voice of all three.

Threes | While Threes often speak with clarity, they can also speak so succinctly that the message may not be communicated clearly. Add just a little more detail or context.

Fours | Fours may think they are being clear, but in their need to be understood exactly, their wording may be confusing or overly complex for others to process effectively. Go deeper into your heart to determine what you really want to say.

Fives | With Fives, speaking clearly means to speak from the heart as well as the head. So find your heart, explore what it wants to say, and then speak from your head and heart, with your gut playing a supporting role.

Sixes | To speak clearly requires to think and feel clearly, and this can be a challenge for many Sixes, who can swirl with a variety of thoughts and feelings simultaneously. Find you gut, get really centered in your body, and speaking clearly with be far easier.

Sevens | Sevens usually speak a great deal, but they start in the middle of what interests them and then move around from idea to idea. To speak clearly, start in the beginning and move through your ideas or start with your main point and then use additional ideas to support what you intend in your message.

Eights | Eights assume the rest of us ”get it,” meaning we should understand what they are saying, even if they do not fully express it or do it more by command than explanation. Spend the time to explore your central point along with the rational for what you want to say, then be both more explicit and more inviting of response.

Nines | Fundamentally, Nines need to find their voice inside their bodies (mind and heart as well) and be willing to voice it. Only when they can do this will they speak clearly.

Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhD, the author of seven Enneagram-business books, is a speaker, consultant, trainer, and coach. She provides certification programs and training tools for business professionals around the world who want to bring the Enneagram into organizations with high-impact business applications, and is past-president of the International Enneagram Association. Visit: TheEnneagramInBusiness.com | ginger@theenneagraminbusiness.com

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