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Why It’s Amazing To Have A Friend Who Constantly Says The Wrong Things

Why It’s Amazing To Have A Friend Who Constantly Says The Wrong Things

How many times have you been sitting in a quiet room when all of a sudden you hear the most awkward, out-of-place comment? How many times have you felt just a little embarrassed to realize that it came from your friend?

At some point or another, everyone stumbles into an awkward situation or makes a verbal misstep. But some people just seem to be born to put their foot in their mouths. Although many people may think that only a rude, socially inept, or downright unintelligent person would constantly say the wrong thing at the wrong time, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

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In reality, people who can’t seem to stop themselves from saying what’s on their mind are actually awesome to be around. Not only are they funny, but they are also open, honest, and full of joy in themselves and the people around them. By now, you definitely know which one of your friends we’re talking about. (And if you can’t think of at least one of your friends who fits this description, maybe it’s you.)

Here’s why your friend who constantly blurts out the wrong thing might just be your best friend, the one who enriches your life in amazing ways that no “normal” friend can.

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That friend will always make you laugh.

Ever since you’ve had the joy of meeting that friend who never says the right thing, you know that nothing breaks the ice like a perfectly timed awkward comment. Whether you’re nervous about a new, important job or you’re just out having brunch with your friend group, you can count on your awkward friend to lighten any mood and make even the most boring small talk interesting. Their ridiculous comments make you laugh like no other friend.

That friend will make the best memories with you.

If you have to attend an acquaintance’s birthday party that you aren’t too excited about or you have to stand in line for hours at the DMV, your awkward friend is always there to bring humor and fun. That friend turns otherwise lifeless events into lifelong memories, even if the awkwardness feels just a little embarrassing at the time.

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That friend will understand you even if no one else does.

When you inevitably say the wrong thing at the wrong time, like we all do from time to time, there’s no one better to talk to than your friend who has said and done it all. That friend will be there because they understand exactly what it’s like. They may not always say the right thing to make you feel better (since hey, they don’t usually say the right thing anyway), but their humor, kindness, and relatability are irreplaceable.

That friend will teach you how to shake it off.

Not just for T-Swift, shaking it off is an important lesson we all need to learn. Not only will your awkward friend understand you when things go a little awry, but they’ll help you figure out how to move forward. Whether you fumbled your words a little on a first date or totally bombed a major presentation, your awkward friend shows you how to shake it off and not take life too seriously. When their words unintentionally offend or hurt anyone, they also knows how to say “sorry” and mean it.

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That friend will show you how to approach life differently.

Sometimes saying the “wrong” thing, or the thing that you are not expected or supposed to say, is exactly what needs to be said. Your friend who can’t stop saying the wrong thing isn’t afraid to be different, and they are there to teach you to stop worrying about what should or shouldn’t be done. Of course, their way may not always be perfect, but they can help you look at situations and problems with a fresh perspective.

That friend will help you grow.

Through all of these funny memories, your awkward friend is there, making you laugh endlessly and showing you how to take life in stride, make mistakes, and move on, living each day with a sense of joy and adventure. Above all, you are a better person for knowing them, even if they can’t help saying the wrong thing.

If you’re lucky enough to have one of these friends, stick with them. You’ll not only enjoy the crazy, ridiculous, and ridiculously awkward adventures that come, but you’ll learn a little something too.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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