We all in some stage of our lives give speeches and of course, we are going to give more speeches. We all prepare and research for our speech as well, but making it understandable to your audience is the real task every speaker faces. It is so frustrating when you have 100% knowledge but limited ability to express the knowledge you have. So, if you are one of those and if you do struggle with the speeches, this article is just for you.
To become articulate means to efficiently make your audience understand the message you are going to deliver. Giving a good example, and relating it to your topic is a good way to express your knowledge and that is what articulation is all about.
So if you want to become an articulative person, here are 4 ways you can do that.
- Listen Yourself
Listening to yourself is one of the best practices to identify your mistakes and improve on them. Record yourself while you are in the conversation, record yourself when you are practising your speech and identify whether or not there is the repetition of sentences or words. Examine if the content you are delivering is easy to understand etc. Once you assess these, you will automatically become more conscious and will address the areas you previously identified that needed improvement.
- Don't be afraid to pronounce the words
Mumbling is often a bad habit that could impede your delivery of a powerful speech. When the words are long to pronouce take your time and fully pronouce each syllable of the word. Doing this makes you slow and gives a good amount of time to the audience to undertand your thoughts.
- Filler Words
Filler words like “um”, “uh”, and “like”, are the ones that tell the audience that you are not confident of what you are going to say. So it is really important to use it at a very minimum level. Using filler words sometimes can have a good impact on the audience as they would feel that you are spontaneously thinking but using it very often leads to disaster. Instead of using these filler words, you can try to say “Lets move on to….” or “Lets transit to…..” etc.
- Reading & Writing Habit
One of the best ways to improve your articulation is to learn from the best people who are articulate. Reading helps you do that. When you read a book, notice how the author is explaining and making you understand the storyline. And you can practice your articulation simply by journaling about a day or particular thoughts you have throughout the day in your diary.
To conclude, I just want to say that we all have a great amount of knowledge within us and we should pass it on to people we meet. In doing this, you'll need to share your knowledge in the most effective and articulate way. So, be a game-changer and don't forget to listen to yourself, pronounce your words well, minimise the use of filler words, and cultivate reading and writing habits.
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