I was doing some research into blogging, social media marketing, branding and such and learned the term "microblogging". Microblogging is posting detailed Facebook/Instagram posts that serve as blog entries. I thought "that's so me, that's what I am doing...microblogging." It really works perfectly with my digest format. So here are a few of my social media posts from February. These posts are more quotes and texts content. Check my "Connect" page for a feed of Instagram photo posts. Happy Black History Month!
I've asked people to repeat themselves because I didn't understand, but they repeated it the same way every👏🏽 single👏🏽 time👏🏽! I get tired of saying “say what now?”, “huh” and/or responding with a safe answer or 🤷🏽♀️. It can be a little embarrassing for the both of us. Ya feel me? What do YOU do in this sitch? Speak up, stop mumbling, use as many universally understood words as possible.
Your dialect, that is your word choices and sentence structure, is a sign of your regional area, social/racial group, and most importantly your self-awareness; but NOT your intelligence. Note: no rule is universal for anyone, for example not all black people speak Black dialect and not all speakers of Standard American English are white. Sometimes I speak Black American English dialect from the Midwest region, and sometimes I speak and write in Standard American English from the Midwest. Ex “She got my pop?” It’s like I always say “Neither way is wrong or right, it’s just a difference.” What’s in your dialect?
“Use your white voice” from the movie Sorry to bother you. One character tells the other to use his white voice for telemarketing success. This means modifying his speech to sound white instead of black, and is an example of code-switching between two different accents based on the situation. Oooh and culturally, people make judgements about voice all👏🏽the👏🏽time. I have worked in telemarketing before and noticed a slightly different response when I “whitened up” my voice a bit. Tell me your experience with judgements of your voice.
"Neither way is wrong or right, it's just a difference." ~Kendra T
Our accents cause us to say sounds in words differently. The beauty of an accent is that it gives us a pass to speak our language with our own twist.
You accent is a problem if people can’t understand you or it knocks down your self-confidence, then I can help with you with that.
"Black people have had to learn duality...to talk on the block and the boardroom."~Amanda Seales
This is code-switching from one dialect to another dialect of a language. More examples of code-switching: 1)Cursing around your friends and switching up to “yes ma’ms” with your mama. 2)Saying “nah I’m good” to your boo, and switching up to “no thankyou” to your pastor. 💎 Every community has its own dialect or code and they are all okay.
Eye contact + body language= Nonverbal Communication. Be positive with it! What do my nonverbals say to you?