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.
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.
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 like drama, sports, theater, debate, or leadership, you are put into a situation where you must use your voice. This push can often ignite your journey to success. If you are more introverted and scared to jump right in, find a small friend group that shares similar interests. Then you can privately participate in public speaking activities without the stress of being with new, unfamiliar people.
Start speaking in front of friends, family, or to yourself in the mirror. You should immerse yourself in a similar environment as you would be in when public speaking. It’s best to start speaking in a smaller environment with people you are comfortable with.
Be patient and consistent. Improving your public speaking skills takes time. Since this journey does not always give instant gratification, track your progress on your phone or on paper to show your growth. By physically seeing improvements, you are more motivated to continue. There is no set amount of time it takes to master speaking, as you are constantly improving your vocabulary, presentations skills, and pronunciation. Instead of thinking about the end result, focus on the process. You will often be more successful when you are acting with the intention to improve the present, rather than rushing for the future.