Being well-spoken is often a compliment given to an effective presenter and communicator, but what exactly does it mean?
Keep reading to learn about how you too can become a "well-spoken" individual at work, home, and with your friends:
Pay attention to the way you sound
Well-spoken people are subconsciously engaging and passionate. This is achieved by emphasizing how you are speaking rather than what you are saying.
At your next presentation, try breaking down your word structures and selecting a few important keywords in each point. You want the audience to remember important terms like action words, adjectives, and other terms that convey your speech's emotion. Stressing these words by speaking louder, adding gestures, or emphasizing other non-verbal cues can help get your point across in more ways than one.
Avoid "ums" and "ers"
Well-spoken individuals are articulate and easy to understand. Filler words like "um," "uh," and "er" delay the important points you want to convey and can distract your audience.
Thus, avoiding filler words in your speech will draw more attention to other verbal and non-verbal aspects of your presentation. Try recording your presentation and playing it back to identify areas you commonly use a filler word.
Instead, try replacing filler words with dramatic pauses or other gestures to make your speech more compelling and easy-to-follow.
Confidence is key
Well-spoken people never let their audience know they're nervous. Appearing and feeling confident during a presentation helps you come across as reputable and professional.
Confident and well-spoken speakers achieve this by:
Projecting their voice
Avoiding shaky and wavering tones
Maintaining eye contact
Engaging in vocal variety
As Elenor Roosevelt once said, "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."
So while presenting and speaking may be nerve-wracking, practicing the tips above will take you one step closer to becoming a confident, well-spoken speaker yourself!
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