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How to Be More Articulate And Improve Your Speech

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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