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How to Be More Articulate And Improve Your Speech

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How to Be More Articulate And Improve Your Speech
Reciting a speech allows for preparation. But what about those people who sound rehearsed in everyday exchanges? Here's how to be more articulate.

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Listen to yourself speak

Listen to yourself speak

Most people don't like to hear their own voice, but nothing will squash those verbal ticks quite like listening to yourself speak. Record yourself in a natural conversation, such as a conference call, then replay and listen to yourself speak.

Pay attention to filler words, up talk, monotone, and run-on sentences.

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Keep track of your speed

If you are not sure if you’re speaking too fast or too slow, copy and paste a 160-word passage into a word processor. Read the excerpt aloud at your normal speed while recording yourself. It should take about a minute.

A normal conversation should take about 155 to 175 words per minute. Pick up the pace when you are reciting information or summarising something. If you're explaining technical information, slow it down.

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Eliminate filler words

Words such as "um," "like," and "ahh," can make you sound unsure and inarticulate.

Replace these filler words with fluent words. "Um," tells your audience that you're collecting your thoughts. Instead, use 'Let's move on to ...' or 'Another important consideration is...'

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Focus on the final sound

Make a conscious effort to pronounce each syllable and avoid mumbling or trailing off.

Pay attention to the Ts in contractions and the last words in a sentence.

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Study other speakers

Articulate speakers learn from other speakers.

Find a radio show or podcast you enjoy, and spend some time analysing the host's speech.

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Speak with confidence

Your posture impacts the way people perceive your ideas.

Extend your vocal cords by keeping your chin parallel to the floor, sitting up straight, and avoid moving your hands too much.

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Think before you speak

Know what you want to say.

When you have a clear idea of what you want to communicate, you can organise your thoughts into a coherent structure.

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Address your weaknesses

Once you know your weaknesses, create a plan for overcoming them.

Tackle a specific issue each day. Focus on filler words on Monday, and on completing your sentences on Tuesday. Repeat the process until speaking clearly is a habit.

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