Tips to Improve the Way You Speak
People listen not only to what you say. They pay maximum attention to the way you speak.
Experts in psychology argue that quality and purity of speech have a great influence on the perception of information by the listener, so it is not enough to have sufficient knowledge. It is also necessary to know how to represent your knowledge in a verbal way to your audience.
What are the most common problems?
People often speak in such a boring and lethargic way that audience’s attention instantly switches to something else — for example, to the phone lying on your lap, or to a beautiful tree outside the window, and maybe to the correspondence in a social network or just to whispering with a colleague who sits in a nearby chair.
The big problem is a flat, monotonous speech throughout the entire performance. Our ear perceives such speech as white noise — a neutral noise background that does not bother anyone, but also produces nothing. It is very difficult to listen to such a noise, especially if the presentation is long.
The next problem is a speech overflowing with slang and parasitic words and other verbal garbage. It is not easy to catch a grain of important information in such a presentation. A variety of extra sounds — mooing, prolonged utterance of vowels etc. makes the speech less professional, even if a speaker is an absolute expert in his field.
People speak too fast or too slowly — in the first case, no one understands anything, in the second one everyone just fall asleep. And this is only a part of the difficulties. Let’s learn how to improve your speech!
Normalize your rhythm
When you speak too fast, it prevents the audience from perceiving your speech, and also tells people how nervous and anxious you are. There is absolutely no need to show this — external confidence with any internal condition is a part of a person’s professionalism and respect to an audience. Therefore, speak clearly, in the rhythm of breathing. To do this, you, at least, need to breathe. Many speakers hold their breath or, on the contrary, puff, because of what their speech becomes worse and worse. Breathe freely, practice talking in a free, natural rhythm with your breathing — rehearse at home and you can do it in front of the audience. If your breathing is not rhythmic — you speak too fast!
Avoid sitting down
If you’ve ever taken singing lessons, then you remember that lessons are mostly performing in a standing position. The thing is that when we stand, all the organs and systems participating in the formation of the voice are in a natural conditions — to say it simple, they are straightened out. The lungs, the diaphragm, the abdominal muscles, the neck and its organs, the face — all plays its role in the way your voice will sound. Therefore, many experts recommend even to stand when you are talking on the phone, and not sitting down, if you need to convince the interlocutor or sell something to him. The same applies to the presentation. Do not curl up in an armchair, and do not even sit down if you are doing well with your health. Stand up, walk, breathe — and you will speak much more effectively.