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Communication is essential to not only convey information accurately but to cultivate and strengthen long-lasting relationships.

Have you ever been in a situation where your message has been severely misunderstood?

If you want to get your message across accurately, understanding the art of effective communication is vital.

What Is Communication?

An integral instinct found in all living beings, communication is a way of exchanging information and thoughts with others. Effective correspondence helps to express feelings, ideas, thoughts, or emotions in a way that is easy to comprehend.

Types of Communication Styles

Every individual has a unique style of communicating. Usually, communication styles are divided into five categories. These types are:

  • Aggressive
  • Assertive
  • Passive-aggressive
  • Submissive
  • Manipulative

If you are interested in learning more about different conversational styles and their ability to put your message across, you can check my blog on types of communication styles here.

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.  

— George Bernard Shaw

10 Common Barriers to Good Communication

There are countless ways in which a simple message can be interpreted. As an effective communicator, your job is to make sure your message expresses your thoughts precisely. Unfortunately, several hurdles can prevent your message from being conveyed effectively.

So, let’s dive in and discuss 10 barriers that can make effective communication frustrating.

1. Inability to Listen Actively

One of the most common obstacles to good communication is the failure to listen carefully. Listening to other people’s opinions is an integral part of communicating effectively.

2. Rude Language

Would you like to listen to someone rude to you?

Probably not. Often, your message comes across as snobbish even when it is not your intent. Respecting others is essential to convey your thoughts effectively and build strong relationships.

3. Lack of Clarity

A clear and concise message allows the listener to grasp the information easily. Confusing vocabulary makes the audience lose interest which results in a long pointless conversation. Talking aimlessly only takes you away from your goal of communicating your thoughts effectively.

4. Confusing Body Language

Making inappropriate use of body language can agitate a receiver who may get confused between the verbal and the physical message. Showing too many emotions or a complete lack of emotions can mislead the receiver. Smiling, maintaining eye contact, using the right tone and posture all play a crucial role in delivering your message efficiently.

5. Dragging Conversations

Unnecessarily dragging the conversation and adding useless information is one of the biggest barriers to effective communication. Building a mind map and conveying thoughts precisely is what makes a conversation effective.

6. Lack of Trust

If you don’t trust the person you are communicating with, you will unintentionally hold back information. The lack of information and transparency can result in a half-baked message that can cause the conversation to go sideways. Anxiety and trust issues are major hurdles that contribute to inefficient communication.

7. Avoiding Others

If you fail to take into account the feelings and concerns of the receiver, you will never be able to successfully deliver a message. In any conversation, it is crucial to understand the perspective of your audience. Ignoring people’s opinions just because yours is different doesn’t make you right. Try to bridge this gap by keeping an open mind and hearing out the concerns of others.

8. Ignoring Feedback

Asking for feedback can not only help in clearing confusion but can also enable you to communicate better in the future. Completely ignoring the importance of feedback can cause you some serious damage to your professional life.

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t being said. The art of reading between the lines is a life long quest of the wise. 

— Shannon L. Alder

9. Prejudice & Stereotyping

People often focus on what they want to hear instead of what is being said. Although this is a failure on the part of the receiver, the conveyer should still try their level best to put their message across despite what others may think or perceive about them.

10. Using Jargon

Using jargon can discourage the receiver from grasping your message. Easy, concise and precise messages are much easier to understand then rarely used combinations of complex words. Always remember that listeners are lazy and don’t like to put extra effort into deciphering a message.

 Alex Lyon, a communication coach, talks about common barriers that need to be improved for effective correspondence in everyday life.

1. Language Use

 Being too technical with your message can cause people to lose interest in what you are saying. Try to incorporate everyday language to deliver your message better.

2. Disorganized Messages

Rambling without articulating your thoughts can result in a confused receiver that is unable to follow your message.

3. Information Overload

Throwing too much information while communicating can turn the conversation into a chaotic mess which can never lead to a useful exchange of information.

4. Attitudinal Differences

Different people have varying perspectives because of their lifestyle, upbringing, beliefs, etc. Holding bias towards someone with dissimilar views can never result in effective communication.

5. Demographic Differences

People who belong to different age groups, genders, or cultures may have trouble breaking their demographic barriers to understand each other successfully.

6. Triggers and Filters

The way you see the world is drastically different from how someone else perceives it. Sometimes, certain words or phrases can hold significantly different meanings for different groups and can hinder efficient correspondence.

7. Physical Distance

Talking on email, phones, or through screens is very different from communicating in person. Although it is not impossible, it is tough to communicate perfectly when two people are separated by distance.

8. Noise

People often have trouble focusing on what you are saying when their environment is full of noise and disturbance. Although these things are often not in our control, try to convey your message when no noise or disturbance can sway the receiver from the message.

“ Be silent, or say something better than silence.”

— Pythagoras

9. Difficulty Hearing Clearly

Delivering information successfully can be difficult if the people involved have some kind of hearing impairment. In such a situation, pushing just a little bit harder to put your point across can help the people in understanding your message.

Different Types of Barriers to Communication

The hurdles to a good discussion have many types and can be physical, cultural, linguistic, or physiological. Let’s take a more in-depth look at these complex communication barriers.

1. Linguistic Barriers

One of the biggest obstacles to effective communication is language. Different languages, dialects, or accents can prevent a message from being adequately understood. These hurdles are often faced in diverse organizations that recruit employees from all around the world. Communicators need to establish strategies to deliver the message effectively.

2. Emotional Barriers

Emotional intelligence plays a huge role in delivering your message efficiently. Individuals with higher emotional intelligence easily connect with people. On the other hand, people who let emotions get the better of themselves end up misleading their audience towards an incomplete and confusing conversation. Anger, anxiety, or fear can significantly limit the effectiveness of your conversation.

3. Perception Barriers

Understanding how the receiver perceives your message is of crucial importance to deliver your message efficiently. Different people may understand and perceive the same message in different ways. Therefore, it is essential to broaden your horizons and understand the point of view of others before trying to express your thoughts.

4. Cultural Barriers

There are different forms of communication in different cultures which makes intercultural correspondence a challenge. This is because people often have a habit of establishing a preconceived notion about certain groups and individuals. Breaking stereotypes is a challenging job, but it can be achieved through the use of culturally appropriate norms.

5. Psychological Barriers

People who suffer from anxiety or low self-esteem issues may find themselves preoccupied with the thoughts of embarrassing themselves. This may distract them from their actual goal; to convey their thoughts accurately. Getting worried about being misinterpreted can also have a significant impact on how you communicate.

Ways to Overcome Barriers to Effective Communication

Now that we have discussed the various hurdles that can hinder efficient correspondence, let’s discuss how to defeat these obstacles and achieve your goals.

1. Communicate Concisely

Keep your message short. Focus on the important points. Stay away from distractions. Articulate your thoughts in a concise manner that persuades the receiver to focus on your message. While it may be tempting to add more information or jargon, sticking to concise but accurate statements can help effectively deliver your message.

2. Keep an Open Mind

Answering questions that might trigger you are an essential part of being an effective communicator. Try to understand and respect the perspectives of others. Never put anyone off just because you don’t want to answer their question. Make yourself available and go out of your way to answer the queries of the receivers to clear any doubt or misunderstanding about your message.

3. Listen Attentively

A brilliant communicator does not set his message according to his own needs or desires. He assesses the situation and conveys the message in a way that is most feasible to others. Listen to the point of view of the receiver with attention. Keep the needs and interests of the receiver in your mind to effectively communicate your message.

“ A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something. ”

— Wilson Mizner

4. Rely on Feedback to Improve Communication

Feedback is the most important aspect of communication. It ensures that the receiver has understood your message clearly. Especially in situations where there is a cultural or linguistic gap, asking for feedback can help prevent the wrong interpretation of your message.

How Can Effective Communication Help You Succeed in Life?

Without good communication, a simple message can turn into a misunderstanding or even a disaster. To be successful in life, it is essential to understand the importance of communicating effectively. Whether it’s your personal or professional life, an ineffective discussion can hold you back from achieving your goals and objectives.

To succeed on this two-way street, make a clear mind map of what you want to say and try to figure out whom you are communicating to and why. Ask yourself what you want to achieve through this conversation and express your thoughts precisely.

Bottom Line

When you take out the time to hone your communication skills, it helps you prepare for your future leadership roles. Start small. Dress professionally, greet people with enthusiasm and try to create a mind map before you start to convey your message. Even a small step can help you improve significantly in your socializing journey.

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Most days by 8:00am I have made my bed, my breakfast, gotten dressed, read and replied to emails, worked out, and began whatever other tasks the day demands of me. For many years, my life was a constant juggling act between work, school, social life, friends, and family, which made it difficult to find time for myself. While I certainly would prefer to be busy than bored, I also know the long-term effects this lifestyle has.

The day-to-day grind is so often filled with many demands and with these demands comes stress. When stress occurs, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, social anxiety, fear of missing out, and paralysis around what to prioritize and what can take a seat on the back burner (to learn more about your experience with these mental health issues, try taking an online test like this one: https://www.mind-diagnostics.org/social_anxiety-test/). Thus, we end up making sacrifices and we often end up cutting out our personal time.

Set Aside Some Personal Time

Taking at least an hour a day for our own personal wellbeing allows us to recharge our batteries so that we can continue focusing on everything and everyone else in our lives. I never understood the importance of personal time until I began working out on a regular basis.

While I would be lying if I said that needing personal time is what led me to work out in the first place, I would also be lying if I said that the hour it allows me to devote to myself isn’t the best result of my workouts.

I have found that even just 15 minutes at the gym allows me to refocus my energy on whatever I have going on that particular day. In fact, some of my greatest ideas have come to me while I am riding a bike that goes nowhere or when I’m in the shower. I am able to focus solely on myself, which might seem selfish, but I promise, it’s not.

My practice of alone time began in the gym. Going to the gym served as a great foundation for learning how to prioritize myself and my needs. Today, I make sure that I find that time even if it’s not at the gym in so many different ways.

If the gym isn’t for you, that’s totally fine, here are some other ideas for getting in just a few minutes of alone time each day.

Ways to Spend Your Personal Time

  1. Take a walk – Focus on what you’re seeing when you walk. How does the breeze feel against your skin? How green are the trees? Are the flowers blooming? Do you notice any new smells? By unplugging while you walk and focusing on the things that you’re noticing, you’re able to stay truly present and focus on yourself and what you need.
  2. Listen to musicMusic is a great way to transport yourself to a different time and place. Throwing on your favorite tunes can boost your mood, create space for reflection, and can spark creativity. If you’re so musically inclined, playing an instrument or signing is a great way to spend time with yourself too.
  3. Read a book – Reading is one of the best ways to practice mindfulness because when you focus on the words on the page, you are unable to focus on outside thoughts and tasks that you otherwise would be focused on.
  4. Unplug – Put your phone on airplane mode and just be. Be in your space, with yourself, your family, your friends. It’s a great way to reconnect and to truly be present with the things and people that you care about.
  5. Try a new recipe – Cooking is a great way to get in touch with yourself. Trying a new recipe can be a fun challenge. It sparks creativity and can lead to delicious results.
  6. Treat yourself to something you normally wouldn’t – Whether it’s a pedicure, a new candle, a massage, or anything else, treating yourself to something that brings you genuine joy is a good way to spark joy and prioritize yourself.
  7. Write in a journal – Sitting down with a journal each day to write has many benefits and allows you to spend time alone with yourself and get introspective. Whether it’s a gratitude journal or a journal that has prepopulated prompts for you to answer, journaling is a great way to tap into yourself and what you truly want.
  8. Meditate – Get comfortable, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. Meditation is a great way to get quiet and practice mindfulness. If you’re not sure where to start, there are so many apps and websites that are great starting points.
  9. Get into nature – Get outside, whether it’s going for a hike or going to the beach, getting outside and experiencing nature can help you feel centered and more present.

These are just to get you started, don’t be afraid to try something new or something that you might have never thought of before. Getting outside of your comfort zone can lead to new ideas and experiences that you otherwise might not have experienced before. You might just find yourself more relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on the world with new and exciting ideas.

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How To Get Fit And Grow As A Man After 50

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Among the hundreds of other things that the pandemic has taught us is the fact that we all need support.

Not just physical and financial, but also emotional.

But even before the health crisis struck, there was increasing awareness of the pressure that men faced. The world was experiencing unemployment, suicide rates, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual violence, domestic abuse and depression on an unprecedented scale, with men bearing a large part of this burden.

What men also face is the pressure of having to conform to cultural and social stereotypes of what it is to be a “Man”.

There is a growing trend of men’s support groups emerging across the world to deal with the issues that men face.

Let’s look at some of these typical gender-related attitudes that society holds across geographies and cultures:

  • Women are more “emotional” and express their feelings more frequently and more intensely than men
  • Crying is more associated with women and “weakness”
  • Expressing feelings is encouraged in girls while boys are taught to hold their feelings in
  • Women share their feelings freely especially with other women
  • Men are supposed to maintain a stoic silence when they face problems
  • Women express a wider range of different emotions and nuanced feelings that men don’t understand
  • Men are restricted from expressing or disclosing their intimate, innermost feelings
  • Men are allowed to express anger, contempt and happiness, but not fear, anxiety or dependence

Given the restrictive and constrictive nature of the Mars and Venus stereotypes that society imposes on us, across different cultures, the social and emotional training of a male child begins at a very young age.

Emotion Expressions Are Learned in Childhood

Children are keen observers of the world around them, and learn to model or imitate behaviors according to what the adults encourage or discourage.

Though gender differences are absent in infancy, the social training is imbibed during the toddler or pre-schooler stage.

In Western cultures, especially, parents tend to discuss more emotional topics with their daughters rather than their sons.

Women are allowed to express anger and contempt mainly through words and facial expressions, while men can express these in physical terms.

As children grow, they carry these learnings into their adult lives and their interactions with peers.

The concepts of “masculinity” and “femininity” are socially learned and defined constructs. Gender responses are mainly normalized through social structures, parental attitudes, culture, interactions, context, and peer relationships.

The Man Box

Researcher Mark Greene and others have defined a dominant type of over emphasized masculinity as the “Man Box”

It describes behaviors, expectations and perceptions that are rigidly imposed by the social environment to define what is and what is not “manly behavior”.

Attributes that are considered “masculine” and worthy of the Man Box are:

  • Authority
  • Virile
  • Stoic
  • Athletic
  • Competitive
  • Rational
  • Successful
  • Strong
  • Responsible

This gives men the license to indulge in behaviors such as flirting, being tough, drinking to excessive, disruptive and aggressive behaviors, rule breaking, speeding, risky behaviors etc.

Any differences and violation of these perceptions of “manliness” are strictly policed by the peer group, and society in general, with mockery “Acting like a girl” “Manning Up” or “Not being man enough”.

There is also homophobia related policing of male emotional expression, along with racism and misogyny which are enforced through bullying and shaming.

In its extreme form, the Man Box exists to perpetuate the domination, exploitation and marginalization of women, transgenders and alternate sexual choices.

While a large number of men face the pressure to behave, think and feel in certain prescribed ways, the tide is slowly but surely turning in favor of becoming “human” rather than a gender stereotype.

From the Man Box to the emergence of men’s support groups has been a long, challenging and ultimately rewarding journey.

Getting Fit and Growing as a Man after 50

Men are trained from early childhood to follow habits of competition, ambition, opposing, rough and tough behaviors. These faulty and often toxic beliefs are destructive and emotionally repressive, leading to relationship breakdowns, loneliness, stress and depression in men.

As men cross the age of 50, there is a drop in testosterone levels. Some experts have termed this phase “male menopause”.

While this doesn’t strictly follow the pattern of the female menopausal changes, there are several similarities. Many men may experience:

  • Energy drop
  • Sadness and depression
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Reduced libido
  • Weight increase
  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Low self-esteem/confidence
  • Lower bone density
  • Low motivation

Maintaining fitness during this period can be challenging. Men are often at the peak of their careers at this stage. According to research, college educated, full-time working men’s wages continue to grow in their forties and usually peak in their 50s.

This leaves little time or inclination for health and fitness. However, this is also the stage when there are significant body changes. There is reduced muscle movement, and muscles begin to become less elastic, with decreased tone and mass.

As the body ages, the water content in the cells reduces from about 65% to 54% as you cross age 50.

Memory loss, higher levels of anxiety and stress may also begin to make their appearance.

Men at 50 may also be at risk of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and certain types of cancer.

Staying fit at this age involves:

  • Paying attention to your diet
  • Getting regular health exams done
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Quitting smoking if you do
  • Ensuring that you get your full 7-8 hours of sleep
  • Taking alcohol in moderation
  • Developing a convenient, enjoyable and effective exercise routine
  • Staying socially active
  • Ensuring that you take your routine vaccinations and immunization procedures

Emotional and Psychological Support

Physical fitness and health are a major determiner of emotional health. However, while crossing the 40s and entering the 50s, there could be certain emotional and psychological issues that crop up.

Studies show that “gray divorce” (involving couples in their 50s) is on the rise in America and has almost doubled over the last decade.  For those aged 65 and above, the rates have tripled. Aging Baby Boomers who have been married before face increasing marital instability in their subsequent relationships.

Gray divorces come with their own set of issues such as increased financial instability, and a deterioration in social life.

While both men and women seek professional help in terms of counseling and therapy, the numbers on the ground show that men tend to avoid counseling for emotional problems. More than 70% women opt for counseling for depression while the numbers for men stand at 60%.

Men are also less likely to take prescription medications for such issues. They avoid asking for professional help till it reaches crisis stage. The results can be devastating, ending in suicide or major mental health problems. Suicides among men is 3.5 times higher than women. Substance abuse is also more common among distressed males.

The main problem is that society expects men to be tougher, and more resilient. They develop higher tolerance for emotional distress, but since the issues are not dealt with, they’re merely suppressed or hidden.

Men are out of touch with their emotions and lack the vocabulary to express them freely. They may not be aware of the depth and extent of their grief, anxiety, stress, etc.

Boys are also taught that it’s important to be independent and not cling to others for help. Another issue is that of trust. Some studies have shown that men are less prone to trust than women. This means that men find it difficult to confide in others or even in their therapists.

Traditionally men (especially white) have always benefited from the political, social and economic order. But this also means increased competition, isolation and anxiety to “man up”.

With the rise of feminism, men feel threatened, unable to express themselves in the ways they’re used to, and are plagued by the feeling that they’ve lost the “privileges” they once had.

Support and Growth in the Golden Years

Many men find it embarrassing and humiliating to share the fact that they find themselves emotionally vulnerable.

In times of stress, anxiety and existential crisis, men’s deep-rooted social training kicks in and they prefer to either bottle it all up or express it in inappropriate ways such as anger, aggressiveness or substance abuse. Faulty social beliefs have made it difficult for men to openly seek emotional help.

Loneliness and isolation are becoming a serious issue in the developed world, with one study showing that more than 40% of men feel that they’re unable to confide in their friends about problems, and nearly 33% of men confessing that they have no friends at all.

In the typical male, there is a “Get over it” or “Deal with it” attitude that prevents a real analysis of the problem. Men quickly learn that displaying emotions in public tends to be viewed with mockery, contempt and shaming. Repressing emotions is considered noble, tough and more acceptable.

Therapy can also be quite an expensive proposition, with uncertain outcomes. There could be a long waiting list to get an appointment with a counselor or psychiatrist.

When there is a need for immediate help, men seldom want to burden their families, friends or co-workers. Men are also trained to be problem-solvers and there is immense pressure on them to handle problems quickly and effectively, and to eliminate problems.

This is where men’s support groups come in.

What Are Men’s Support Groups?

Typical men’s support groups comprise between 7-10 men who gather at regular intervals to share events of their daily lives, their emotions, apprehensions, positive feelings and innermost thoughts in a non-judgmental space.

They provide men with the opportunity to freely express themselves, and get support, advice, education, and take up new challenges for personal growth.

These groups may address issues such as

  • Relationship
  • Trauma
  • Family issues
  • Job and Career related problems
  • Parenting
  • Death, Grief
  • Anger management
  • Sexual issues
  • Domestic abuse
  • Alcoholism/Drug addiction
  • Health and fitness
  • Lifestyle diseases, Cancer or Serious illnesses

Important guidelines for these groups include:

  • Commitment and regular attendance
  • Respect for privacy and confidentiality
  • Taking ownership/responsibility for feelings
  • Attentive listening in the group
  • Non-judgmental acknowledgment of another person’s expression
  • Permission to pass or indicate unwillingness/lack of comfort in participate in the discussion
  • Staying away from passing judgment and advise-giving
  • Avoiding confrontational questioning
  • Emotional honesty
  • Providing a safe space for emotional expression

Benefits of Men’s Support Groups

Online discussion and support groups are also gaining ground and men can avail of the benefits from the privacy and comfort of their own homes.

A small-sized support group usually comprises people with similar backgrounds and life experiences. This means that they share the same kind of issues, anxieties, worries, problems of living and decision-making. They gain more self-acceptance, autonomy and control over their social environment. Often, men find a new purpose in life and gain new, valuable friendships.

A support group helps men to find a space where they can truly learn about themselves and how to be themselves.

It can be a place of rest, wellness and safety.

 A men’s support group offers several important benefits:

  • It reduces the feelings of isolation and loneliness
  • Secure space to express inner feelings
  • Group members stop feeling judged
  • They learn to be more open and honest about their emotions
  • They gain different perspectives and points of view about their problems
  • Helps them to improve their anger management
  • Improves coping skills
  • Helps them feel more empowered
  • Opens them up to newer ideas on education, society, culture
  • Ensures privacy and boosts trust
  • Develops mutually beneficial relationships
  • Prevents the need for hasty and immediate problem solving

Finding the Right Support Group

On your part, it’s important to ask yourself whether you’re willing to be honest and open, and genuinely express your feelings, while ensuring that you’re not judgmental about others.

Look for groups located near you, so that you don’t miss meetings.

It’s wiser to choose a group that doesn’t charge fees.

Check out a group across a few meetings before you commit.

Avoid groups that are confrontational or encourage violence, abuse and anger in the name of openness.

Check if the group is affiliated/sponsored by a corporate.

Ensure that privacy and confidentiality are prioritized.

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Writing an essay is a creative process that includes a balanced combination of knowledge and effectively delivering that information. An essay is a piece of writing to express the subjective opinion of the writer based on research. This article will explore the easiest way to design an essay step by step.

4 Main Stages to Write an Essay

A good essay is completed by following a few simple steps. These steps are given below.

1. Topic Researching

The first step is to understand and research the topic. One cannot write a persuasive essay without comprehending it entirely.

2. Essay Outlining

The next step is very significant, which is the outlining of the essay. A writer always has to organize different parts of an essay to discuss all the topic’s essential features.

3. Writing

The third step is to start jotting down the researched content in an organized way.

4. Proofreading

The final step is to proofread the essay. It includes a last review of the essay and inspecting the coherence and format.

Step by Step Essay Writing Process

A useful and engaging essay must follow all necessary steps of essay writing. The step by step essay writing process includes the following detailed steps.

1. Identify and find a topic.

2. Do in-depth research to cover all aspects of the subject.

3. Collect relevant data.

4. Finalize a proper outline of an essay.

5. Organize introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion.

6. Divide the word count for each part of the essay in a balanced way.

7. Start with the purpose of the essay and define the main topic.

8. Representing different relevant arguments of the topic.

9. Provide facts and figures to validate your opinion.

10. Conclude the essay after proving the discussion successfully.

11. Revise the paper to give it a final touch. It includes proofreading and formatting.

Necessary Preparation for Writing an Essay

Before starting an essay, you should know about your stance or the topic you want to write an essay about. A good writer always moves in an organized way and does the necessary preparation to write a smooth writing piece.

For example, experts from PaperCheap.co.uk state that an academic essay has specific rules which are inevitable. Academic writing includes assignments, summarized forms of literature, and research papers. You need to follow the below mentioned important aspects in the preparation of the essay writing process.

Understanding the Rubrics

The first and most crucial step in the preparation of essay writing is to comprehend the rubrics or instructions given for the essay. Every assignment has specific requirements that need to be followed.

The rubrics are designed to make the writer focus on specific points in the piece. They help a lot in writing a purposeful essay. Missing any rubric for the essay might mislead the reader about your point of view.

Defining the Topic

If you know the topic and relevant data, it will be great, but you should go for the more familiar aspect of the subject in case of an unknown issue. In this way, you can produce the best content. The familiar theory or aspects will lead you to enhance the research work and linking the background information with the main subject.

Research

Read every aspect of relevant data on the topic. It will help you to create well-researched and genuine content. Every point cannot be discussed in an essay, but good research can help you write the article with more coherence and a depiction of your hard work.

Design Your Thesis Statement

A thesis or thesis statement is the central point of the entire essay. Your whole piece will either approve or disprove it. The thesis statement is a significant step and needs to be formed after in-depth research. Thesis formation is a crucial step of essay writing. You must know about the topic of your discussion and the way you adopt to accomplish it.

Organize the Essay

Organize different parts of the essay and make a rough draft of the process of writing. Organizing an essay will help significantly to follow the topic without unwanted revisions. Organizing an essay need a step by step development of the essay. Before writing, you must know what aspect must be placed in the beginning and what ends. The essay should be coherent and progress at a natural pace. 

Writing the Essay

Any essay comprises three main parts, which can be subdivided depending upon the essay’s need and form. All essays have an introduction part, a body paragraph, and a conclusion. The Introduction and conclusion are made of one paragraph of the essay, while the body paragraphs can be numbered from a few to several.

Introduction

The introduction is the most significant part of an essay because it opens your writing’s first impact on the audience. It is usually the 10th part of the essay, but it covers the entire essay’s most important aspects. A good introduction must include the following.

1. Purpose of the essay

The primary subject to be discussed in an essay is its purpose. The introduction mentioned the goal of writing the essay and the thesis statement.

2. Persuasive language

The language, specifically in an essay, must be convincing and selected carefully. The persuasive techniques used by the writer in an introduction can convince him to read further. So it must be attractive and must convince the reader to read more of it.

3.Background of the topic

A little connection of the main topic to its background can also provide useful information in an introduction. Do not go in-depth, but it must touch the context of the topic.

Body of an Essay

The body of an essay is a description of the thesis statement. Whatever goal you have set in the introduction, it’s the paper’s body paragraphs that will prove your stance. It is the collection of all facts and figures on the topic. You can also strengthen your point of view by relating it to other people’s scholarly articles on the topic. It is a way to validate your opinion. The paragraphs must have a rhythmic division of words in the whole essay. Random size of sections can produce a destructive impact on the reader. Too long paragraphs can divert the reader’s attention. The body of an essay is 80% of the whole piece. Thus this is the best platform to use your researching skills and exhibit them here.

The Conclusion

The conclusion is also a very critical part because it provides a summarized view of the essay. It discusses the concluding statement of the essay about your journey of proving the thesis statement. It also discusses the significance of your topic. A conclusion is usually 10 to 15% of an essay.

Proofreading Checking List

The proofreading of an essay is equally important as writing an essay. A random unsynchronized essay cannot create the desired impact no matter what effort has been implied in designing it. The proofreading process includes the following checklists that need to be considered.

1. The formatting of the essay should be according to the instructions. It includes the paragraph arrangement, font, font size, and spacing of the text.

2. The title should be attractive and simple to convince the reader to read the essay.

3. The in-text citation and references should be accurately cited according to the format followed.

4. A detailed reference page and bibliography should be provided at the end of the essay.

5. The essay should follow the required length and emphasis on the important aspects of the essay.

6. Each paragraph should be connected to the main subject of the essay.

7. Each paragraph should be started with a topic sentence, which enables the reader to predict the paragraph’s content.

8. The organization of paragraphs is accurately developing the essay to the final point.

9. The essay should not repeat similar information.

10. The conclusion of the essay connects the summarized essay with all the important points of the entire essay.

11. The grammar and spelling of the sentences should be double-checked in the end.

Frequently Asked Questions about Writing an Essay

How Do You Begin an Essay?

Beginning an essay needs an adequately researched topic and thesis statement and then the relevant data collection. The starting of an essay also comprises drawing a rough draft of the steps you will follow.

What Is an Essay Format?

An essay format outlines an essay comprised of an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. The essay format also includes the citation, font, font size, and spacing of the essay.

What Is an Essay Example?

An essay can be of various forms. It can be descriptive, expository, argumentative, analysis, cause, and effect or comparison essays. Each essay has its own rules and purpose.

How Many Paragraphs Is an Essay?

An essay comprises several paragraphs depending upon its desired length or the requirements. A short essay includes an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. The body paragraphs can increase with the change in the type of essay.

What Is a Thesis Statement?

A thesis statement is the main idea of the entire essay. You make an argument about the topic, and the essay will elaborate on your points with the assistance of other researches to prove the thesis statement.

What Are the Different Types of Writing Styles?

The writing style of an essay depends solely on its type. It can vary from type to type. For example, a first-person narrative cannot be used in an academic essay. The passive form of sentences is used in such essays.

Final Words

The essay writing process needs proper attention and care while constructing the relevant information. It should not be merely a pile of words, but an essay’s beauty lies in its proper arrangement and organization. A good essay must follow not only the right content but also the proper arrangements of paragraphs. The proofreading skills of a writer can enhance the effect of an essay.

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