Your speaking less so make it count when you do
In today’s social media world, with people always having their smart device at the ready. Where you can easily communicate with someone by showing or sharing a photo or a video clip, or by sending them a text message. Where perishable pictures do the talking – why do you need to speak well – or speak at all?
Let me share my views on this matter and on learning.
‘The ability to learn faster than your competitors, maybe the only sustainable competitive advantage’.
Speaking well – matters
Pronounce the final consonants of words louder, and with more effort.
One aspect of Bob Carr’s voice, that makes it strong and clear, is his speech pronunciation. In particular, he pronounces the final consonant/consonant cluster (two or three consecutive consonants) of words versus ‘swallowing’ the consonant/consonants cluster. For example, you’ll hear the ‘pt’ when Bob speaks the word, ‘abrupt’, versus ‘abrup_’.
So too, pronouncing the final consonant/consonant cluster will make your voice stronger and clearer. It will help your listeners more readily understand you on your first speaking attempt.* You’ll make your speaking more user-friendly.
If you don’t pronounce the final consonant/consonant cluster, subtly, you’ll make your listeners work harder to understand you.
Consider this. What if you heard a word that started with ‘be. . . ‘ but the final consonant/consonant cluster was omitted.
The options of what that ‘be. . . .’ word could be are numerous. The word could be ‘bean, bees, beef, beach, beat, beast, beak, beam, beep, beer’. Without pronouncing the final consonant/consonant cluster the listener has to rely on the context of the sentence to identify the word.
Maintain your normal speaking speed with this louder and more effortful final consonant/consonant cluster pronunciation. In addition, don’t over-pronounce the (b,d,g) final consonants. If you do, you may sound like an Italian speaker of English. For example, if you over-pronounce the word ‘good’ it can sound like ‘gooDA’.
*A marker, that you’re not pronouncing final consonants in words or that you’re not projecting your voice enough, is that people often ask you to repeat what you’ve said.
Own the Conversation
For the next seven days, either:
#1 Choose a screen play that you like or a Shakespeare piece – and act it out. Do surprising things. The key is to get range and flexibility in your voice. Once you’ve shown yourself you can do that technically, start applying it to conversation.
#2 Identify one word you regularly use that ends in a consonant/consonant cluster. In safe interactions increase the loudness and effort on the final consonant/consonant cluster of the word. Here are suggested words to choose from: projeCT, profiT, markeT, accouNT, influenCE, broadbaND, metriCS.
p.s. Check out this prior post entitled: Gillard tears explained/’Limited options’ Abbott
#You might want to trial my Confident Personal Communication video learning programme because it will give you practical techniques to ‘Own the Conversation’.