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Speaking Skills

Speaking Skills

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Published by: Aditya Sai on May 21, 2010
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SPEAKING SKILLS areThe action of conveying information or expressing one's thoughts and feelings in spokenlanguage. the activity of delivering speeches or lectures: conveying meaning as though inwords so like the subject as to seem to be alive and capable of speech
a speaking likeness.
ableto communicate in a specified language: speaking used to indicate the degree of accuracyintended in a statement or the point of view from which it is made:
broadly speaking, there arethree major models for local-central relations
Tips for better speaking skills
Improving your English speaking skills will help you communicate moreeasily and effectively. But how do you become a more confident Englishspeaker?Practice where you can, when you can. Any practice is good – whether you speak to someone who is a native English speaker or not.
It's important to build your confidence. If possible, use simple Englishsentence structure that you know is correct, so that you can concentrateon getting your message across.
Try to experiment with the English you know. Use words and phrases youknow in new situations. Native English speakers are more likely to correctyou if you use the wrong word than if you use the wrong grammar.Experimenting with vocabulary is a really good way of getting feedback.
Try to respond to what people say to you. You can often get clues to whatpeople think by looking at their body language. Respond to them in anatural way.
Try NOT to translate into and from your own language. This takes toomuch time and will make you more hesitant.
If you forget a word, do what native English speakers do all the time, andsay things that 'fill' the conversation. This is better than keepingcompletely silent. Try using um, or err, if you forget the word.
Don't speak too fast! It's important to use a natural rhythm when speakingEnglish, but if you speak too fast it will be difficult for people to understandyou.
Try to relax when you speak – you'll find your mouth does most of thepronunciation work for you. When you speak English at normal speed,you'll discover that many of the pronunciation skills, such as linkingbetween words, will happen automatically.
Decide on date, time and city/town of your speech.
Decide on the length of your speech i.e. The duration for which you will speak.
Know your audience well in advance of the actual day of your speech.
Find out what your audience expects from your speech? What are their needs?
Choose an appropriate topic or subject accordingly.
Give your speech a catchy title.
Do good amount of research on the subject and collect authentic and correctinformation and data. Work out on issues and solutions pertaining to the topic.
Preferably write down the entire speech. Keep the length of the write-up to fit intothe time duration of your speech.
Convert the speech into many points and make cue cards. Note down one point onone cue card. Arrange all the cue cards in a sequence and give them the serialnumbers.
Decide on the time you will like to give to each point. Write down the minutesyou will take to elaborate the point on the respective cue card.
Rehearse your speech.
Sleep well on the night before the day of your speech. Look fully rested.
Look your best on the day of your speech. Good overall grooming is veryimportant.
Look energetic and enthusiastic all the way.
Shave (meant only for man).
You should not smell. Hair should be done tastefully. Nails should be cut. Washyour mouth with a good mouth wash.
Dress appropriately for the occasion. Don’t wear casuals and also, don’t over-dress.
Clothes should be clean, neat and well pressed (wrinkle free).
Clothes should be decent fitting types.
Dress should not be loud and gaudy.
Wear a fresh pair of socks and shoes should be polished.
Reach the venue ahead of time and make sure that the arrangements are as youdesired them to be.
Make sure that the microphone and loud speakers are working in case you aregoing to use them.
If you wish to refer to any video projection during your speech, make sure that theequipment to do so is working.
Present yourself as a confident person as you start your speech.
Believe in yourself. Believe in what you are saying in your speech. Your listenerswill tend to believe you that much more.
People have come to listen to you because you are an authority on the topic. So behave like one. Don’t feel shy or apologetic.
Connect to your audience. Let them feel involved. Keep a good level of eyecontact with the persons in your audience.
Make the listeners feel that they are the center of attention (and not you).
The language of your speech should be the language the audience understands.Do not use unnecessary jargon. If you have to use any jargon, explain its meaningin a simple to understand language.
Use correct pronunciation and grammar.
For your speech to make the audience spellbound by it, like a piece of music, itshould have variety of notes, modulations, tempo, volume level etc. A

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