Not speaking clearly can prevent us from getting on in life. Most of us chat quite easily to friends and family, so find out how to move this skill on to talking to people we don't know.
Speaking clearly is back in fashion - suddenly people are realising that we all need to be able to talk clearly. We all want to feel confident when we talk.
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If you think of a little old lady dressed in a Tweed suit talking rather 'posh' when you hear the words 'elocution teacher' think again! I live in jeans, laugh a lot and have a hint of a Dorset accent when not teaching but I am passionate about my work and am incredibly serious (with a smile) when it comes to teaching my clients to sound confident.
Serena Greenslade F.V.C.M.(Hons), A.N.E.A., B.A.(Hons)
From being such a shy child that she didn't talk to her form teacher for almost a year, Serena is now a confident communicator and is a world wide author on Speech Training. She has written for 'The Lady' magazine in the UK, The Voice and Speech Review, Dance Studio Life Magazine in the USA and various sports coaching publications including The International Tennis Federation Coaching and Sport Science Review. She has a unique way of teaching and is eager to help you improve your speaking skills. Read more about Serena here.
You are a "Guru" (teacher) in the true sense of the word, as you impart and share your knowledge in totality, and I'm lucky to have you as a teacher. Kavita.
I would like to thank you for helping me have confidence in my speech today. It is because of you I did much better than I have before when presenting as speech. I was a little shaky, but other than that my voice sounded fine and I pronounced every word slowly and with emphasis on those that I wanted people to hear! Elections are tomorrow. Without you, this would not have happened! You are an inspiration! Thank you so much, Joe from New York
At the end of last term my son went for head boy and delivered an amazing speech, something we never imagined he would put himself forward for. Many of the teachers complimented him and were taken aback by his confidence and presence, he buzzed with excitement for days afterwards and said he loved speaking in public. It is through all your hard work that he has this turn around in his approach to speaking and for this we will be forever grateful. Elaine
I will teach you how to communicate at the correct pace (not too fast but not too slow), at the correct volume and with expression. Talking with expression doesn't mean being dramatic, it means using your voice to sound interesting and exciting. If you sound expressive, people will want to listen to you.
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Good articulation (saying the ends of words and correct vowel sounds) and accent reduction can also be achieved with practice - but a lot of people love their accent so it's worth remembering that you can sound clear and confident with an accent as long as you talk clearly.
Whatever type of presenting you're doing the basic skills needed are the same. Some of these skills are technical. Some are just common sense - like how to stop saying 'um' when you're talking.