How Do You Use Chopsticks?

Do you remember the first time you held chopsticks in your hand? Or how long it took you to get the hang of it? Does your method of eating with them match the method of anyone you know? Or do you all have different ways of using them?

I learned how to use chopsticks when I was in college, but I honestly don’t remember if anyone taught me, or if I learned by trial and error. Here’s a photo of how I hold them.

My daughter has a completely different technique, as does my husband.

But guess what!? We all manage to get food into our mouths!

When my daughter first started using chopsticks, she’d hold both in her fist and stab downward into one half of her peanut butter and jelly sandwich, then just lift the whole thing and take a bite. When my husband and I would try to show her how we used them, she had a difficult time because she would try to copy us.

As she got older, she developed her own way of using them.

You can think of writing in the same way. We all start by grasping a writing utensil in our fist – be it a crayon or a marker or a pencil. We make crude marks and then refine them. We learn words and how to structure sentences.

We all have the same words at our disposal, to use in our marketing texts or to express ourselves creatively. But the exact way we use those words differs from person to person.

You may try to copy the way one person does it and not be happy with your result. Then you might try to copy the way a different person does it and still be unsatisfied with your result.

That’s okay. Use the words and phrases that are right for you. Be sure to keep your ideal client in mind as you experiment. Try a variety of approaches until you find the one that works for you and your business.