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Familiar Vocabulary

Two SpeakersIt is amazing how noises outside can detract listeners from a speaker's theme. People coming in and out and other interruptions are also be distracting. Poor amplification means the speaker cannot be heard clearly. A comfortable temperature in the room is better than too hot or too cold. It would be wise to replace poor ventilation with plenty of fresh air from open windows. Uncomfortable chairs do not help nor do seats that are too close and restrict leg room.

The Listener

Obama the OratorFor effective speaking skills, the speaker should have a good clear projection without a heavy accent. A crisp pace, not slow and haltering helps the listener understand. Varying tone of voice, and avoiding droning will assist in keeping the audience attentive. Do not drop your voice at the end of each sentence. Avoid using a "sing song voice." It is wise to keep one's voice at a normal volume and not become overly emotional or start shouting. Use only familiar vocabulary, explain any unusual terms and of course no bad language as it may offend some. Be economical with your words and not overly flowery. Try to express your ideas clearly, being as specific as you can and try not to use vague ideas. Your ideas should be well structured and not disorganized. Stick to the point and when you have said it do not ramble on. In your appearance, be neat and businesslike and not sloppy and your hearers will respect your ideas.

The Speaker

Two Men TalkingThe listener on the other hand should be alert and not weary. He should be clear minded and not preoccupied with something else. The hearer should show a genuine interest in the views of the speaker. Try to be open minded and not biased for or against the speaker's topic whether you agree with it or not.

"Effective Speaking Skills"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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