Speaking to make a mark

Effective communication is one of the key to success in corporate life. One needs to be good at speaking for making a mark in the corporate circles.

Recognition and success in the corporate world doesn’t come easy. Not only do you need to be good at handling work but also your personality should be pleasing enough to gain accolades from colleagues as well as seniors.

Effective communication is the need of the hour. Apart from vocabulary, voice modulation and expressions in your speech, you must identify and work to remove any speech related problems, which you might be facing. Most of us face problems in pronouncing a certain sound or have the habit of stopping too frequently.

To speak with involuntary pauses or repetitions is called stammering and to utter words/sounds in repetition is called stuttering. For example, let’s suppose you want to say, ‘A machine has to be commissioned’. Then A machine (pause) machine has to be commissioned is called stammering, as the word ‘machine’ is repeated twice. But, if you speak ‘m-m-machine’, then it is termed as stuttering.

Stammering and stuttering can accompany a person ever since birth. One can either consult a speech therapist or else try some self methods to get rid of the problem.

Some self help methods:

Speak slowly: It is a known fact that speaking slowly, one will be able to converse clearly. This will help the speaker to avoid stuttering as he can think before speaking. So if the speaker can just think and speak, slowly, he can improve and be able to speak clearly. While speaking take care to pronounce each and every word carefully. Speaking slowly ensures that there is a proper gap between words, so that they do not jumble up. This helps a lot as one can sound much clearer.

When we speak fast the last sound of the first word overlaps with the first sound of the second word, giving the impression that one is stuttering. For example, let’s take the sentence “Give me next tape”. If we speak too fast then next and tape will overlap and since “t” and “t” have a similar sound, it can give the feel that you are repeating the same sound twice or that the speaker is eating up a word.

Identify problem area: It is important to identify one’s problem. It could be one particular alphabet or sound which he is not comfortable with or it could be a set of words. Maybe, the pauses come only when he is speaking simultaneously to many people. Finding the problem is the first step towards finding the solution. The speaker can ask his friends and family for help and feed back. Since, they listen to him all the time; they can help in identifying the areas he needs to work upon.

Work on your problem: Try and practice words that sound similar to the words which one is not able to pronounce properly. He can even consult the dictionary to find the right sound of each alphabet. Record attempts and listen to them later.

These were just a few simple but effective tips. But, what one needs more than anything else is a lot of confidence. Many people around the world have risen over these problems. If they can overcome the problems the others can also solve theirs by sincere efforts.

One more problem with speakers is repetition of words or phrases almost in every sentence or alternate sentences like ‘I may say’ or that kind. The speaker if he can understand this repetition can intelligently replace the phrase with equivalent terminology wherever required so that the listeners may not feel the monotony of the same phrase.

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