This will make others take you seriously
We’ve all been in situations where we wish we could have said something more clearly, or disagreed with someone without sounding confrontational. Professional settings especially can be rife with opportunities to exercise our articulation skills. Here are five tips to help you sound more articulate in any situation.
Choose your words carefully
Have you ever said something meant as a joke, only to have it misunderstood? While a great many mishaps can be blamed on digital miscommunication, you should choose your words carefully, no matter the medium. Words contain power, both to hurt one another and to create joy. A quick joke or playful insult can be taken seriously long after the heat of the moment has passed. So before speaking or typing, give yourself a few extra moments to think twice – that way you can ensure your message is received as intended!
Make sure you are pronouncing them correctly
Nobody wants to stick out when learning a new language by saying something incorrectly – especially over and over again! To avoid any embarrassing mispronunciations, it is crucial to pay close attention to how words are being said. The best way to be sure you have the pronunciations down is to listen carefully and repeat. It doesn’t take long for us humans to pick up on patterns – although words may have unique sounds, there are often rules around how they should sound when put together. Arming yourself with some knowledge on the basics of pronunciation should make sounding out those tricky foreign words just a bit easier!
Use facial expressions and gestures to emphasize your point
If you want to convey your point effectively, why not go the extra mile and use facial expressions and gestures? They add color and vibrancy to a presentation, allowing your personality to come alive. Facial expressions and gestures also help cue the audience in on what you’re emphasizing throughout your speech. These tools are powerful, so use them wisely – a little bit goes a long way. When done correctly, they will have the audience sitting at the edge of their seats, hanging onto every gesture and expression you make. So don’t be afraid to show your expressive side!
Slow down your speech
Overeating fast food can be bad for your health, and speaking too quickly can also cause problems. When we don’t slow our speech, it can be difficult for other people to understand us, leading to potential miscommunications and frustration. Taking a few extra seconds between sentences and putting a little emphasis on key words not only makes us more expressive speakers; it also helps us be more meaningful and engaging communicators. So take your time with your words – slowing down will help everyone better understand each other!
Practice, practice, practice!
As the old adage goes, “Practice makes perfect.” This advice holds especially true for those trying to learn a new language. Practice pronunciation and intonation, so others understand you better; practice vocabulary to expand your vernacular; practice grammar to master structure. No matter your end goal or current proficiency level, consistent and dedicated practice is absolutely necessary if you want to be a successful language learner. So dust off those textbooks (or online lessons) and get ready to hit the books – the rewards will come with time!
The next time you find yourself in a situation where you need to communicate effectively, remember these five tips. Choose your words carefully, pronounce them correctly, use facial expressions and gestures, slow down your speech, and practice! By following these suggestions, you are sure to see an improvement in the way others perceive you as a communicator. If you want to take your communication skills one step further, sign up for my course Speaking Mastery. In just 6 weeks, you’ll be communicating with confidence like never before!