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Noises and Distractions

Two SpeakersNoises outside can detract listeners from the theme. People coming in and out and other interruptions are also distracting. Poor amplification and the speaker cannot be heard clearly. A comfortable temperature is better than too hot or too cold. Replace poor Ventilation with plenty of fresh air. Seats which are too close and restrict leg room should be avoided. Uncomfortable chairs do not help.✞

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. Varying tone of voice, not droning. Normal volume and not overly emotional or shouting. Familiar vocabulary and no course language. Economical and not overly wordy. Clear, specific and not vague ideas. Well Structured and not disorganized ideas. Stay to the point and do not ramble. Be neat and businesslike and not of sloppy appearance.✞

The Speaker

Two Men on a Bench listeningThe listener should be alert and not weary. Be clear minded and not preoccupied with something else. Be interested in the views of the speaker. Try to be open minded and not biased for or against the speaker.✞

"Effective Speaking Skills"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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