What is the question I’m asked more than any other??? I meet people at business meetings, conferences and network events and when people find out what I do they often ask “What is your top tip for speaking?” Well it is this – speaking clearly!
I don’t know about you, but I meet lots of people: I speak to people face to face, on the phone and on Skype. I tend to engage with people that I can understand. Those that it is easy for me to listen to. I don’t have to work hard to listen and understand what they say. People that speak clearly, whether it is a public speaking engagement, on the phone, meeting or presentation, engage with listeners more effectively. People in Sales are more effective if they speak clearly.
Here are my five tips: I explain them more in the podcast.
1. Slow down your speech.
2. Work on your diction so your speech is clear and easier to understand.
3. Modify your accent. Everyone has an accent, and certain sounds within your speech might not be clear to others. “Accent Calming” is an effective way of maintaining your individuality whilst being an effective speaker. Contact me if you would like to discuss how I could help you.
4. Keep in control: by remaining calm your voice won’t become high pitched and shrill.
5. Point out key words. By emphasising key words you are making it easier for others to listen and understand you.
Good luck, and don’t forget to listen to the podcast for great tips!