Updated Oct 12, 2021


By Matthew

Although paraphrasing your own ideas is enormously useful for double and triple checking your thinking, distilling your thoughts, and coming to clarity with yourself, paraphrasing is also an extremely useful skill to practice socially.

When you paraphrase what someone else is saying, you are signalling to them that you have understood and internalized what they have said, as you are now able to summarize their points and reframe them with your own words. Being able to paraphrase impromptu in this way is a critical skill in both negotiation and everyday conversation.

How to Improve Your Ability to Paraphrase

By using a paraphrase tool, you can study different ways of saying the same thing, becoming more comfortable with divergent patterns and developing a system of rearticulating sentences. In order to do this well, you must not simply copy and paste what the paraphrasing tool produces; instead, you should create pairs side by side with the original and the paraphrased versions and try to discern what changed from the original sentence when it was paraphrased. If you do this enough times, you will train your brain to do this in real-time when you are in conversations with others.