Ways To Improve Your Speech
Some speaking habits can unintentionally damage your credibility. These habits may be so common that you are unaware of them, even if others are distracted by them.
Removing Vocal Disfluencies
Vocal disfluencies are just filler words. Fillers words such as um or uh are words, sounds, or phrases people use to “fill in” empty spaces. In speech, they usually indicate the speaker is thinking about what to say next. The overuse off filler words often reflects poorly on your communication skills. But because they come out unconsciously, they can be hard to, um, stop saying.
Fillers Are Everywhere
Filler Words Are The Most Common Issue
Below is a list of the most common speaking issues that every deals with and you are likely to enb in your own speech. These words and sounds can be easily fixed with self-awareness and self-monitoring.
Practice Effective Communications
Effective communication is essential for success in both personal and professional life. By practicing active listening, being clear and concise, being respectful, being open to feedback, and being patient, you can improve your communication skills and build stronger relationships with others. Effective communication takes time and practice. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results immediately.
Tips & Tricks
Recommendations For Reducing The Use Of Fillers
Be aware of when you are using filler words. The first step to reducing filler words is to become aware of when you are using them. Once you are aware of your filler words, you can start to make a conscious effort to reduce their use.Take a pause instead of using a filler word. When you feel the need to use a filler word, take a short pause instead. This will give you time to collect your thoughts and to speak more clearly.
List of Speech Issues
- Filler Words -Like, So, Um, Ah
- Qualifying Language – I think, I feel, I believe
- Hedging Language – Kind of, Sort of,
- Speed: Too fast, or too slow, usually too fast
- Rambling – Speaking off topic or repeating yourself
- Casual language – yeah instead of yes
- Interrupting others – also it is annoying
- Swear words – only work in the right setting to emphasize a point
- Mispronunciations – causes others to stop and think
- Vocal fry – a grumbling sound that is unnatural
- Uptalk – upward inflection at the end of a sentence sounds like a question so it lacks conviction
- Mumbling – Words are unclear
- Grammatical errors – also causes the listener confusion
- Nervous Laughter – used in uncomfortable situations and displays lack of confidence
- Non inclusive language – can offend some listeners
- Accents – can make it difficult for native speakers to understand