30% of our everyday life is spent on speaking. Most people find talking easier than writing because phrases can sometimes be used in speeches that would not be appropriate in written communication. What about you? Do you feel your speaking skills are better than your written skills?
However, if understanding is to be complete and effective, your spoken language needs to be chosen carefully. How can you expect your receiver to listen actively and efficiently when you don’t speak effectively? Most messages will NOT get across if it is not clear or not being understood. Here are 7 tips that can guide you on successful speaking.
Tip No 1 – Pronounce words clearly
One of the most important things in speaking skills is when you speak, you should be clear. If there is no clarity, then the receiver has no idea of what you are talking about. Open your mouth a little wider when you speak, this will help to perfect your target language pronunciation.
Tip No 2 – State purpose of spoken message
When you know what you want to say to a receiver, go directly to the point. Do not have the habit of ‘beating around the bush’. This will not only waste time but you might lose focus while speaking.
Tips No 3 – Organize your facts and figures
Select the important facts and figures to support your message when you speak. It is crucial that whatever you quote in a conversation you have the correct information with you. If you are asked to clarify your facts, you must have it instantly. This will show that you are confident.
Tip No 4 – Simple and familiar words
When giving information or instructions, it is important that the receiver understands what you are saying. Therefore choosing simple vocabulary and familiar words is the best thing to do. Be sure that you use words the listeners can understand.
Imagine if the receiver is not able to follow you in a conversation. What will happen here? There will definitely be a communication breakdown.
Tip No 5 – Keep It Simple and Short (KISS)
You can never go wrong when you speak in simple and short sentences. It would be appropriate if we use 7 to 10 words in a sentence. By using this concept, we can make a point and create an impact when we speak. We can’t go wrong here, would we?
Tip No 6 – Use non-verbal signals
To support our conversation, the use of non-verbal signals should be encouraged. Examples of this would be like using a facial expression, gesture, or a different tone of voice when we speak. This will enlighten the situation around us when we speak. Imagine smiling while talking to the recipient!
Tip No 7 – Check for understanding
When we speak, we should also check with the recipient for his or her understanding. Getting feedback is also important. If you feel the recipient looks confused, then adjust your delivery according to the listener’s reaction. It is essential in a conversation that there must be an understanding between a sender and a receiver.
It is not difficult to master good speaking skills if you follow the above tips. Speaking comes naturally to many people, but for some, it may be a challenge. If you want to polish this skill, one should practice speaking as much as possible by using appropriate vocabulary, phrases, sentences, the use of non-verbal signals, and tone of voice.
When you speak you should know when you have said enough and end your conversation on a positive note.
Lina Binwani is a content writer under Headliner by Newswav, a programme where content creators get to tell their unique stories through articles and at the same time monetize their content within the Newswav app.
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