When speaking, how you describe nouns allows your listeners to "see" what you are saying in their minds clearly. This helps create effective messages. Knowing which word will make the biggest impact is a great asset in communicating with others. Review the following adjectives, paying special attention to those that are not familiar to you. Focus on learning and using a few adjectives at a time, until you feel comfortable with them. When you feel they are a natural part of your vocabulary, review a few more. It is always better not to rush with new vocabulary.
1. pertinent: relevant, suitable, important Example: You ask some very pertinent questions during our discussions. 2. persuasive: convincing, compelling Example: Mr. Smith is a very good speaker, and his presentations are always extremely persuasive.
3. scarce: rare, infrequent, much less in number than is in demand Example: The number of excellent teachers in public schools is scarce these days.
4. intermittent: interrupted, sporadic Example: Because our phone service has been intermittent today, we need to cancel this afternoon's telephone conference call.
5. evident: clear or plain in understanding Example: It is evident from your presentation that you have researched your idea.
6. consistent: constant, regular Example: My manager says that my work is always consistent and up to par.
8. amiable: pleasant, friendly, agreeable Example: Your friend is so amiable; it was a pleasure to meet her.