There are so many different elements
to a more polished vocal image. But the one element that helps to instantly
improve your personal presentation is
Enunciation. Oh I know we
take it for granted, we all assume that people understand us, but sloppy
enunciation is actually considered to be one of the most irritating
of all bad speech habits.
Failing to enunciate each syllable
in each word and actually pronouncing the endings may make it difficult
for listeners to understand us. The few seconds it takes to decipher
what we are saying may cause them to miss a part of our message. Cutting
off the endings of words and eliminating consonants may subconsciously
give the impression that we are sloppy or even uneducated. Crisp, clean
speech is a joy to listen to and in a world filled with sloppy speech,
may subtly convey that you are thorough and sharp.
The most common habits are dropping
the 'g' in words ending in 'ing' like thinkin' versus 'thinking'. 'Er'
often morphs into 'a' like leatha' instead of leather. It's easy to
say these words correctly in isolation, but it's when they are placed
in the middle of a sentence that we have to be more cognizant.
Here's a tongue twister for you to
practice in the mirror 15 minutes a day to help train your mouth and
He's buying & selling a yellow
feather but she's thinking red leather is better.
When practiced with perfect enunciation
this is a tough one, especially as you speed it up. The goal is to get
your mouth moving, notice how you have to use your facial muscles to
say it correctly. This helps to create muscle memory that can eventually
improve your everyday speech.
You must be exaggerated in your practice
but, be careful not to over-do it in casual conversation or even when
you are under the spotlight. No one wants to listen to someone who pontificates
as if he is showing off. Over done is just as bad as not all.
About the Author:
is CEO of Influential Voice, a Communication Trainer and Coach; she
assists businesses and individuals to achieve their goals through
helping them to develop deliberate, skillful,
polished communication skills. For more info www.influentialvoice.com