Being able to speak 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. Although we can now communicate using emails or WhatsApp or Facebook or simply texts - the spoken word is still the most effective way of communicating and mumbling is not acceptable.
Not communicating 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.
If you want to improve your speaking in some way enrol on my Speaking Confidently video course. This is an improved version of my successful DVD. My video courses are like having a lesson with me - just you and me doing exercises and learning all the tricks of the trade and they are a fraction of the cost of a private lesson and you can watch it over over again forever. I currently have 11 video courses so I am sure there is one to suit your requirements. The courses are self paced with plenty of support and with a 30 day money back guarantee you can't go wrong.
'I had a mumbling issue which led me to go to a speech therapist and pay £100 per session, after losing £200 and still not having a solution, I came across this course and I had quickly found the solution to my problem. Over and above that, I got a lot more out of this course, more than anything a real enlightenment as to how I speak, how that comes across and how I can improve my speech to get better outcomes out of conversations and speeches. Thank you Serena.'
Serena Greenslade F.V.C.M.(Hons), A.N.E.A., B.A.(Hons)
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. Listen to me speak in my trailer.
From being such a shy child that I didn't talk to my form teacher for almost a year, I am now a confident communicator and a world wide author on Speech Training. I have a unique way of teaching and I 'm eager to help you improve your speaking skills. Read more about me here.
There are 4 things you can do right now to improve your ability to speak clearly:
I can teach you how to communicate at the correct pace (not too fast but not too slow), at the correct volume and with expression. I can show you how to make the sounds in your mouth and how to pronounce the different vowel and consonant sounds. 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.
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 speak clearly, and that usually means not talking too fast!.
The two main reasons people mumble is that they speak too quickly and they don't open their mouths wide enough. Both of these things can be easily and quickly overcome.
pronunciation is essential if you want to presesnt a professional
image. Perhap you feel fairly confident about speaking but worry that your pronunciation may just need improving - if so I have just the course for you.
My vocal exercise video focuses on voice exercises for most of the vowel and consonant sounds made in English. In the course I cover 16 vowel sounds and 23 consonant sounds as well as a few oddities of the English language. I will show you how these sounds should be made, what shape your mouth should be, where your tongue should be and you will hear what they should sound like. In each lecture there is an opportunity for you to repeat the exercises after me. This course takes you through vowel and consonant sounds, I explain how each sound is made, how it should sound and then there is an exercise for each sound. Each sound has it's own lesson so you can jump around and pick on the sounds you need to improve and if you're not sure what sounds these are, buy the course - go through all of it and then book a half price lesson with me and I'll help you. This is helpful for anyone who mumbles or wishes to soften their accent regardless of whether English is your first language or an additional language. I am 100% confident that there isn't another course like this anywhere on the internet and remember there is a 30 day money back guarantee on all my courses. Click the link below to see preview lectures.
Whatever type of talking you're doing the basic skills needed are the same. You may have to read aloud which is a skill that most people think they can do but they do it badly and it such an easy skill to learn. We can all read to ourselves but to read aloud you need to make sure that your mouth has time to move - your eyes and brain can work much faster than your mouth can.
You may have to explain and inform people or retell a story. Perhaps you need to sell your ideas or products.
Some of the skills needed are technical some are just common, sense like how to stop saying 'um' when you're talking - try thinking it instead of saying it.
Click here for elocution voice exercises - some are easy, some are difficult! Remember whatever you do - do not mumble!