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Subject Speak on matters where you are able to bring more clarity to
others or help add to the discussion.
Let others speak about things that they are an expert in and add
to that discussion through articulate questions. Do your research
and know the alternative perspectives but be willing to quit
sharing when you move outside your current knowledge.
If you don't know your subject well but have to speak on it, then
extensive research will help you sound like you know your stuff.References –Wikihow.com
This helps to eliminate the verbal pauses and may prevent you
from saying something that does not make sense.
It's okay if this slows you down a bit. In fact, pausing before you
give a real answer will make you look more thoughtful and
intelligent than someone who just blurts out a string of
nonsensical phrases as soon as a question is posed.
If someone asks you a question and you really want to think it
through, don't be afraid to say, "Come back to me in a minute. I
need to gather my thoughts."You will sound much more prepared
after you have time to think.
Using a variety of words that mean that same thing creates more
interest and color in your speech.
If you do not understand the words you read, consult a dictionary
or thesaurus.The easiest way to expand your vocabulary is to
read, read, read.
Knowing synonyms for words can be helpful, but you should make
sure you use them correctly instead of using a word you've only
ever seen in a dictionary aloud for the first time.
You can create vocabulary flashcards and quiz yourself. Make a
goal of learning ten new words a week.References –Wikihow.com
Use real words Shun slang and contractions.
Instead of hi, use hello, instead of yeah, use yes.
Never use huh, uh-huh unless in the context of a story or event….if
you're giving a formal or even semi-formal presentation, then it's
important to use intelligent, full words.
Avoid too many contractions (say "I cannot" instead of "I can't")
and speak in complete sentences as much as you can, unless you
are not doing so for effect.References –Wikihow.com
Study the proper uses of the words following words: I, me, him,
his, he, no, not.
When reiterating a fact you already stated, always say "as I said",
never, "like I said". Here are some other tricks to know:
You should say, "He and I were discussing…" instead of "Him and I
You should say, "You can give your report to her or me," instead of
"You can give your report to her or I."
You should say, "Such as…" instead of "like…"
If you want to sound articulate and intelligent, then you have to
look confident when you deliver your message.
Make eye contact with the audience, sound like you really mean
what you say, and speak loudly enough for people to hear you. If
you seem comfortable with your message and like you believe in
your words, instead of second-guessing yourself, then people will
be more likely to believe in it too.
Make your sentences sound firm and decisive. Don't end your
sentences with a question or with turning up your voice slightly, or
you'll sound like you're constantly asking for affirmation.References –Wikihow.com
Saying more by saying less can make some people shut down or
Add content to discussions that is as condensed as possible
without being vague.
Talking until you get to your point will ensure half of your audience
has already tuned out.
State your point up front and people will know what you are trying
to elaborate about.
If you have to give a speech and there's a time limit, don't squeeze
in the thirty thoughts that come to your head. Pick the three most
important ideas, and elaborate on those.
Words such as um, a, like, etc... degrade and detract from what
They disturb the flow of a sentence and make it detached.
A nonverbal pause is much better.
When floundering for words, a nonverbal pause, placed correctly,
gives the listener the effect of a dramatic or studied thought. It
confirms your control over what is being said.
Speaking more slowly, eliminating distractions, and making eye
contact will also help you stick to your message.
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