This is what I get for spending time with a linguist recently. I have been thinking about Ira Glass's speech style, how his disjointed sentences communicate effectively and entertain at the same time.
I think in compound sentences. When I want to communicate an idea, I will often start with,
"the thing about .... is"
"the problem with .... is"
This is inefficient. It puts the object before the subject. It forces me to speak in fragments, backtrack, and stumble in representing ideas.
I ought to be more straightforward, focused, and planned in my language. This is not a regression but is rather a further level of development. It will require me to carefully think of the idea and determine the best way to communicate -- before I open my mouth.
Such reform will take discipline and focus. I will stumble, I will fail. But the effort will be worthwile.