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Public Speaking

Tool for improving speech abilities

From personal experience, in order to improve your speaking fluency and pronunciation, you need to hear your own voice. We are accustomed to our own voice, yet we can’t actually hear exactly what we sound like to other people. Even when practicing speech exercises, I couldn’t understand what I was doing wrong because I sounded the same to myself. When we can truly hear our own voice, we can pinpoint the areas that need to be improved.  In order to hear your own voice, rather than recording yourself and playing it back, you need a tool that allows you to talk and listen simultaneously. My elementary school speech pathologist advised me to get a PVC elbow tube pipe and use it...

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Speech Exercises

A speech impediment is a condition that impacts one’s speaking fluency, pronunciation, or tone. It is often helpful to have a set of speech exercises that you do frequently. Repetition and practice of proper pronunciation and fluency can help make your speaking clearer. I have linked below 5 great videos and articles with tips and exercise you can use to help improve your speech clarity.  7 Exercises To Improve English PronunciationSpeech Active is a great interactive website to help with speech clarity Mouth exercises for CLEAR SPEECHThe Path of the Voice series videos Speech Exercise: Tongue Twisters ...

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The Feeling of Public Speaking is a Roller Coaster

Speaking in front of people is an important skill that is used in relationships and careers. Many people become anxious and stutter when presenting. This feeling is normal. I am a confident speaker and enjoy presenting, yet every time before, I get that nervous pit in my stomach, and my palms get sweaty.  Think of public speaking as a roller coaster. Before you get to the highest point, you anticipate the rest of the ride. You let your mind overpower and all of your thoughts get jumbled together. When you’re on a roller coaster, most people don’t scream on the way up. The screaming takes place on the drop-down. On the ride up, all of your fear and emotions are locked...

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Personal Public Speaking Tips

Here are four basic tips I've used to improve my speech impediment. I am no expert on this topic, but personal experience does teach a lot. Tip 1:Awareness: you can’t improve something if you don’t know what that “something” is. Record yourself speaking so you can watch your mouth move and hear your own voice. By listening to yourself, you will become aware of your exact word pronunciations. By being aware, you can now take action. I have also used an elbow tube from home depot as a telephone so I can hear myself speaking.  Tip 2:Don’t hide from the uncomfortableness. The more you put yourself out there, the more experience you gain. For example, by participating in clubs and extracurriculars...

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Top Ted Talks to Watch

Below I linked 5 Ted Talks that show personal stories and tips to improve your public speaking. Watching these videos allows you to relate and connect with other people with similar stories. You can pick and choose which strategies and advice from these videos to use. There are plenty of other great Ted Talks on youtube to watch as well. The surprising secret to speaking with confidence | Caroline Goyder | TEDxBrixtonHow I Overcame My Fear of Public Speaking | Danish Dhamani | TEDxKids@SMUFinding your voice by overcoming speech disorders: Aslan Maleki at TEDxOUTED's secret to great public speaking | Chris AndersonGet comfortable with being uncomfortable | Luvvie Ajayi Jones ...

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My story: How I overcame my speech impediment

For most of my childhood, I suffered from a speech impediment in which I struggled with pronunciation. I had rhotacism which meant words containing the letters "R" and "W" were difficult to say. Starting in elementary school, I went to the school's speech therapist. That unfortunately did not help at all. Learning how to speak clearly is difficult when you can’t hear your own “problem.” My mother's a voice teacher, so she tried to teach me vocal exercises that would improve the clarity of my speech. Some progress was made over the years, yet nothing fully worked. Although my ability to speak was limited, I did not let this stop me from doing things I loved like public speaking and...

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