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Public Speaking: Keep it Clear

Speak ClearlyOver the past several weeks, we’ve discussed different ways to prepare for a public speaking event. While preparing your voice, relaxing your body, and mental preparation are all key, the most important aspect of public speaking is your speech quality itself! It doesn’t matter how strong your material is or how effective your style, if your audience can’t understand what you’re saying. Keep the following tips in mind the next time you stand up in front of a crowd to speak:

  • Keep it clear: Practice good articulation. Sound systems and less than ideal acoustics can muffle speech during a presentation, making it even more critical than usual to enunciate. Make sure that you are producing all of the sounds in each word, paying special attention to word endings.   
  • Slow it down: Most people tend to rush their speech when they’re nervous. Resist the temptation to rush through your presentation and keep a relaxed, even pace as you speak. This not only helps give the impression that you are relaxed and confident, but will also go a long way towards keeping your speech clear and understandable.
  • Breathe for better vocal quality: Support your voice with proper breathing. Take deep breaths from your abdomen, and release the air slowly as you speak. Proper breathing will help you maintain a strong volume, improve your vocal quality, and will help avoid unnecessary tension in your throat.

What are your pet peeves when listening to a presenter? How often do you have trouble understanding their speech? Share your story in the comments section!

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