Learning effective speaking skills will not only be helpful to you in your career, but will be beneficial to you in everyday life. Use the following guidelines to speak effectively and to be better understood.
Pitch is how low or high your voice sounds. Lower sounds are more pleasing. Pitch tends to be higher when nervous.
Volume is the loudness or softness of your voice. You can take cues from listeners. A voice that is too quiet tends to be higher when you are upset or nervous.
Tone is the quality of the sound of your voice. Avoid nasal, raspy, or flat tones. Intonation is the melody of speech patterns, varied, but not sing-song.
Tempo is the speed of your speech. A quick tempo is difficult to understand. A slow tempo is boring. Always emphasize important words.
Articulation is how clearly you sound out your words. Enunciate to avoid sounding uneducated, lazy, or indifferent. Do not overdo this.
Pronunciation gives indication of a person’s education level, social status and where you live. Use your accent only if it helps. Pay attention to vocabulary, sentence structure and grammar.
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