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A Powerful Point of View for Presentations

A Powerful Point of View for Presentations

Remember this:

 “The presentation is a moment of truth for the presenter. We can’t hide. We are exposed, for better or worse. The listeners decide whether they like us, believe us, trust us, and perceive whether we are secure in ourselves and confident in what we are saying.” — Kevin Daley
True wisdom even for impromptu presentations (e.g. when we answer a question in a meeting)!
This is a rerun from 2013 and October 10, 2016.

What Practical Real Life Difference Will an Increase in Intelligibility Make?

What Practical Real Life Difference Will an Increase in Intelligibility Make?

Everybody wants people to grasp what they say, so a high intelligibility score is better than a low score. It is a no-brainer. Speaking accurate English sounds and words makes life much better for the speaker and the listener!

shutterstock_114470674Recall the range of scores for our clients before any accent reduction instruction has been between 2% and 85%. The average was 38% for accurate English pronunciation.

But exactly what practical real-life difference will a 30, 40, 50 or even 100%, which is a doubling of intelligibility, make for a talker.

Here are some rules of thumb. For graduate students doing a teaching assistant job, university departments prefer the students aim for at least 70% intelligibility. That level vastly reduces complaints from the university undergraduates in the labs and recitations.

International speakers themselves who reach at least 65% intelligibility say they have more confidence and comfort when speaking English.

Those who reach 80% intelligibility often boast of glowing praise from employers and colleagues.

Yes. You and many are brave in seeking the new path to the joy of accurate English pronunciation. Weird but true and lovely. It is all about focus. See the speech tip below on “focus.” Don’t be embarrassed by “fuckus.”

Be sure to watch our English Speech Tips videos and Accent Reduction Tip videos  for more English pronunciation and accent reduction exercise.

Check out our advanced weekly speech tip program, our new subscription called ClearTalk Weekly, www.subscription.cleartalkmastery.com

Rerun from May 15, 2013 and again Sep 1, 2016.

Stand Still and Watch Your Confidence Grow During Presentations!

Stand Still and Watch Your Confidence Grow During Presentations! 
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You may have a picture in your mind of a speaker pacing back and forth while holding the eyes of everyone on him. But walking around just gets in the way of your voice clearly ringing in the ears of your listeners.
1. You look strongest and in greatest command when you stand with your two feet shoulder-width apart. Make your weight equally balanced, your body square to the audience.
2. With that stance you also get all of your energy focused in gestures, facial expression and upper body motion.
3. Your message is made stronger, concentrated by your physical behavior. Watch your confidence grow as you feel the control.
This is a rerun from 2013 and again from 10/03/2016

Careers- Getting Hired— Don’t Forget the Cover Letter

Careers- Getting Hired— Don’t Forget the Cover Letter

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Cover letter—Get a competitive edge with a cover letter.

Cover letters are a graceful way to introduce yourself, express your personality, and impress a hiring manager with your experience and writing skills.

A bonus for you:  You can tailor the cover letter to a specific company in ways you cannot with a resume.

Tips for you—

  • Find the decision maker’s name and use it in the salutation. Use a colon after the salutation.
  • Keep it short and no longer than three or four paragraphs.
  • For first paragraph, describe why you are writing—for example answering an ad, or perhaps referred to the company through networking or perhaps you learned that the company was expanding.
  • In the middle paragraph, explain why you are a good candidate and show your knowledge about the company. Convey a clear story about your career and highlight specific past achievements. Do that as a narrative or bullet points. You can also highlight qualities that may not fit in the structure of the resume.
  • Finish the letter and indicate you will follow up in the near future. Sign off with a “Sincerely,” or “Thank you for your consideration,” followed by your name, and, if you like, your email address.
  • Include your letter in the actual text of your email message or place it above your resume in an attachment. Don’t put it in a separate attachment since a busy hiring manager may not click on it at all.  If you place it in the text of your email message, make it shorter than if you use an attachment.

Be sure to watch our English Speech Tips videos and Accent Reduction Tip videos  for more English pronunciation and accent reduction exercise.

Check out our advanced weekly speech tip program, our new subscription called ClearTalk Weekly, www.subscription.cleartalkmastery.com

 

 

Rerun from 08/24/2016

How Does an Audience Impact a Speaker?

How Does an Audience Impact a Speaker?
1. You walk to the front of the room and turn to face the audience. Your instincts say to scan the audience. Your eyes almost wander by themselves. But that makes a feeling of nervousness. You get an extra jolt of adrenaline. Your thoughts get jumbled; your mind can go blank.
2. Our instincts tell us to do all the wrong things:
• Look away from the audience while searching for a word.
• Look up, hoping for the universe to help.
• Close eyes, as if that will focus us.
• Sweep the whole room with our eyes.
Those are habits. You do them because you don’t know what else to do.
3. Where should you focus? Focus on one person, one pair of eyes. Remain focused on one person until you complete a thought. That is a sentence or phrase. Usually, it is more than five seconds but not as much as fifteen seconds. Then you move to another pair of eyes and complete another thought.
When you focus on one person, you reduce the audience to one individual. That is the same as you face every day. You are used to speaking to one person at a time. You are good at it.
This is a rerun from 2013 and 09/26/2016.