How to be a great speaker

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Introduction

Do you get tongue-tied when you try to talk in English? Want to know how to get more speaking confidence? Even the best English speakers had to start somewhere ?

Public speaking is not a God’s gift that some people are born with, it is an art one develops gradually and gets better and better over time. It is all about one’s passion and an extreme determination to become a good pubic speaker. Preparedness, concentration and experience are the three buzz words of Public Speaking. Almost all famous public and motivational speakers were nervous when they hit stage first time in their life, but they acquired the art of good public speaking gradually.

So, being a good speaker requires planning, clarity of thought and a well constructed beginning, middle and end to your speech. It is important to avoid creating confusion or leaving your listeners feeling that you have wasted their time. Read below the jump for a proper set of instructions on learning how to be a good speaker.

Speaking English language :

Speaking is a skill like learning to swim. The more you practise, the better you will become, until finally you can do it without needing to think much about it. Here are some ways that you can get as much speaking practice as possible:

  • ask and answer questions in class ;
  • try to answer all the teacher’s questions silently in your head ;
  • if you work in a group with native speakers, don’t let them do all the talking ;
  • ask to sit next to a student who is not from your country ;
  • try to make some friends who don’t have the same language ;
  • join a lunchtime club or do an after-school activity ;
  • talk English with your German neighbours ;
  • talk to your parents in English; e.g. to summarise a story or science experiment ;
  • talk to your teachers after class and at lunchtime or after school .

Practising pronunciation and intonation :

Everybody has an accent, even native speakers. Sometimes, we can find patterns in English grammar, but other times English doesn’t make sense at all. For example, why are “read” (reed) and “read” (red) the same word, but pronounced differently depending on whether you’re speaking in the past or present tense? Or why is “mice” the plural of “mouse”, and “houses” is the plural of “house”? Unfortunately, there are just as many exceptions as there are rules in English. It’s easy to get stuck on learning how to speak English properly, if you try to find a reason for everything.

Sometimes English is weird and unexplainable, so instead the best thing to do is just memorize the strange exceptions and move on.

Also, there is many ways to practising pronunciation and intonation for exemple « Watching movies or videos… ». The more we practice, the more we will gain confidence in our English speaking abilities. An excellent way to practice English (and enjoy it!) is to make friends with people who only speak English. We are then forced to speak with them in English, instead of relying on our native language. Friends are not there to judge us and our English skills. All they want is to meet new people in the local area, sometimes, they can help us to get the right pronunciation which by time we can be perfect when we speak English language.

How to be a good speaker :

Being a good speaker requires planning, clarity of thought and a well constructed beginning, middle and end to your speech. It is important to avoid creating confusion or leaving your listeners feeling that you have wasted their time. Read below the jump for a proper set of instructions on learning how to be a good speaker.

In some ways speaking is the most difficult language skill. Every time you speak you have to do many different things but you have very little time to do them. Imagine, for example, that the Boss has asked you a question at work. Here is a list of the things you have to do when giving an answer.

You have to:

  • understand the question
  • think what answer you want to give
  • find the words that you need
  • make sure the grammar you use is correct
  • try to get your pronunciation and intonation right.

To make things more difficult, you have to do all this with everyone else at work looking at you and listening to you! It’s no surprise that some work mates don’t talk at all for a while when they first come to work.

steps to being a good public speaker :

The main advice is « DON’T BE SHY! » Just ²SPEAK! SPEAK! SPEAK!². Speak to anybody and everybody in English, especially to native English speakers. Don’t worry about mistakes. Mistakes are OK! That is how we all learn!

The steps to becoming a good speaker are not hard although they require some time and attention. So here are some easy steps to use :

  • Make eye contact : Eye contact is very important. You can look above the people’s head because it looks like you’re looking right at them, but you’re really not! Don’t over do it or you’ll risk looking like you’re nodding your head or you can appear stiff.
  • Have a point and stick to it :In some settings you must speak on a certain subject. Even in casual conversation, though, it is important to focus on a limited set of related ideas. If you drift from one tangentially related idea to the next your speech becomes a sort of bad poetry or misplaced filibuster that may quickly bore the listener.
  • Speak clearly :It may be tempting to say, “El whooziwhatsit fonctionne bien in thinger teh other day.” It may also not be worth the listener’s time to try to figure out what you mean.
  • Adjust your speech for your audience :A technical audience will appreciate your use of jargon and acronyms. If your audience has trouble grasping the concepts you are relating, it may be necessary to speak slowly and offer generally familiar examples. Still, make sure not to sound as if you are explaining the concepts to a class of kindergarteners.
  • Adjust your speech for your audience :A technical audience will appreciate your use of jargon and acronyms. If your audience has trouble grasping the concepts you are relating, it may be necessary to speak slowly and offer generally familiar examples. Still, make sure not to sound as if you are explaining the concepts to a class of kindergarteners.
  • Be interesting : Telling jokes
  • Speak up :People have to hear what you are saying even if they are sitting in the back row or there is a lot of noise.
  • Be honest .
  • Be polite, follow social conventions and be rational :Obviously there are many speakers that do not follow this step and yet have large and doting audiences. You probably aren’t one of those speakers.
  • Use your hands!Nothing is worse than a speaker with his hands in his pocket or his hands just sitting by his side.
  • Watch some videos of great speakers.

 

Conclusion

To sum up, public speaking can be terrifying for many people simply because they’re not accustomed to having a room full of people paying attention to their every word and action. There are also plenty of people brimming with self-confidence who, due to a lack of practice or preparation.

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