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How to Offer Information Without Causing Anger and to Make a Hearty Stew

How to Offer Information Without Causing Anger and to Make a Hearty Stew

People sometimes hesitate to offer information or ideas to others.   They may think, “It is not my business” or “They didn’t ask, so maybe I shouldn’t offer information.” Or fear of the demon “Anger.” Have you noticed some people have heightened awareness of negative body language? With those people (who could be you or someone you know), the demon “Anger” or “Perturbed” or even milder emotion becomes a stop sign with oh so many people.

However, if you offer information with no expectations of reciprocation, you likely find most people receptive and appreciative.

Or you could open with “Do you feel like hearing what I have to say about that?”

And you could add the coda to your statement, “But what do I know about that…” Or the preface, “I’m probably wrong, but ….”

If nothing else, you have now made the communication a dialogue and interesting like a hearty winter stew rather than chicken broth.

Public Speaking: How to Practice Your Speech and Be a Bigger Success

Public Speaking-  How to Practice Your Speech and Be a Bigger Success

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Truth be known, lots of people don’t even practice their speech out loud with their voice even once.

A speech’s purpose is to be heard, with a voice– yours. Do yourself a favor and your audience, practice with your voice.

Accepted by experts is to begin practicing your speech at least several days before delivering it.  Expert recommend practicing your speech about five times in its final form.   Since few speeches are longer than twenty minutes and most are shorter, that means a maximum of two hours of practice time.

Checklist for Practicing Your Speech:

  1. Practice with your speaking notes.
  2. Change the parts of your speech that aren’t satisfying and revise your speaking notes as you go. Listen to yourself. If it sounds stilted, stiff, too academic, it is!
  3. Focus on communicating your ideas, not on yourself. Avoid being one-note Johnny or Joanna– “me, me, me.”
  4. Visualize the setting – project your words to different parts of the room to reach audience members. Rule of thumb, eye contact with one person per sentence.
  5. Time each part of your speech – introduction, body, and conclusion
  6. Practice the speech under realistic conditions, paying attention to projecting your voice (make it loud enough to be heard!) and using speaking notes unobtrusively.
  7. Do you like to audio record and/or video record? If so, record and review to determine your likes and dislikes. But don’t substitute for the optimal five practices.
  8. If possible practice in front of at least one volunteer, and seek constructive feedback of likes or dislikes.
  9. Schedule your practice sessions early in the process so you have adequate time to prepare the entire speech.
  10. So important it’s worth repeating yet another time—Practice your speech at least five times. If you can’t do five, anything is better than zero…. go for three time, two times– and if your mind and body say, “Hey, I can do another practice”… go for it.

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

Clear, accurate American English speech is a procedural skill. Best learning happens with distributed or spaced learning. It takes 70 days of practice of a skill to make it a habit. That’s why our courses are 70 consecutive days for the coaching interval.

Be sure to check out the weekly into months self learning program, our proven subscription called ClearTalk Weekly—video and audio tutoring– you access 24/7 www.subscription.cleartalkmastery.com It works for people new to the admirable goal of making their English speech better for career and for life. It works for people who have done a coached course but was to rev up their accuracy.

Find What People Want and Need

Find What People Want and Need

Come to full attention when you hear the following phrases:

“ I want …”

“I need…”

“My goal is to …”

“I’m having a problem with…”

“I’m looking for …”

“I’m involved in a project that …”

How to Develop Lifetime Customers or Clients

How to Develop Lifetime Customers or Clients

If you have a product or a service you sell, don’t think you are done when you have made the sale.  The sale is actually the beginning of building a client relationship that will lead to a lifetime of repeat business and referrals.

In addition, by listening and responding to their needs, you are adding value by thinking beyond what you can sell them and showing an interest in other aspects of their life and business.  “How are things going with you?” “How can I help?” Talk with emotion and feeling– even on the phone people can hear that. This approach to being of service sets you apart from others in your industry. 

Accent reduction: Key Skill- Get the Vowels

Accent reduction: Key Skill – Get the Vowels

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Have you noticed that people are most likely to say to you “What?”  “What did you say?” after you have said a multiple syllable word?

Critical information for multiple syllable words– each syllable has a meaning and there are 14 vowel sounds (some people say 17) for North American English and 5 letters –a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y.

Pronunciation Alert: Say each vowel in a multiple syllable word clearly.

When ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) people speak multiple syllable words in English, they often shorten or reduce unstressed syllables to a very short vowel sound. They do this because it is easier not to move the tongue very much.  In fact, sometimes the speaker moves his tongue so little that  the vowel is so short in time that the listener is actually unable to determine which vowel letter it represents in the word– (a, e, i, o, u– short vowel pronunciation or long vowel pronunciation. The academic term for that is “schwa vowel.”

However, studies show that when speakers are aiming to talk more clearly, they will say the vowels more clearly. When they say the vowels more clearly, listeners say, “It is easy to understand you.”  This is true for clear speech in English and in other languages.

For our training for clear American English, we train speakers to make all vowels in a word more accurately to match the written vowel.  For example,   the “ment” in “appointment” would be pronounced as “ment” with a short vowel “e” and not “mint” with a short “I”  or a schwa, which is an indistinguishable vowel.  By aiming for accurate pronunciation to match the written vowel letter, the speaker makes it easier for the listener to process accurately “ment.” This is a suffix which often changes verbs into nouns.

Also, by paying attention to the vowels and saying them more accurately, the speakers are anchoring better in their brain the accurate spelling. One important reason to master accurate spelling is that the meaning of the syllable is in the spelling.  For example, “ment” is a suffix which takes a verb and makes it a noun.  “Mint” is a flavor  such as in “peppermint” or “spearmint.”

The prefix syllable “ex” is another example.   Saying the short American vowel “e” in “ex” clearly makes it easy for listeners to process the prefix “ex” and understand the meaning of the prefix with the rest of the word.  For instance, “exit,”  “extreme,” “extend.”   If the speaker made the vowel sound like a short “i” as in “ix”  or an indistinguishable vowel  as in a schwa  and closer to “uh,” then the listener would not know he was hearing the very common prefix, “ex.”  Being able to easily and quickly process the “ex,” means that the listener can identify the word right away and combine it with the other words in the sentence to easily understand the information of the entire sentence.

Here is a second  important practical reason to master spelling. In the last 10 years, more and more employers are asking us if we can help our students-learners (and their employees)  get spelling more accurate because it is embarrassing to them when emails go out with inaccurate spelling.

Yay, yay.  The extra effort to speak the vowels very clearly has big time benefit  — to the speaker, the listener, and also to the employer and the individual’s career advancement.

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

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PS- It really is true that we have made exceptional strides in our teaching for mastery and long-term learning in these pandemic years with gains previous thought impossible (even by us!).