Learning to be comfortable with strangers and friends alike means understanding and using the basics of effective communications. To differentiate yourself it is important for you to understand and practice elocution techniques which now are called body language or non-verbal communications. Unfortunately and over time elocution techniques which are more that good non-verbals are not being taught to most public speakers.
Pronunciation: (el”u-kyOO‘shun), [key]
1. a person’s manner of speaking or reading aloud in public: The actor’s elocution is faultless.
2. the study and practice of oral delivery, including the control of both voice and gesture
Natural Expression of Thought by Speech and Gesture.
Natural tones are the tones of truth and honesty, of good sense and good taste. It is with them only that the understanding is successfully addressed; with them only that we can arouse and keep awake the intelligence of the listener, which is the object we always have in view, whether we speak our own language or that of another.
Critical Elements of elocution
- Speech Patterns
- Hand Gestures
- Eyes Focus and Contact
Attitude or Mental Schema/Set
- You are among friends who want you to succeed.
- You are prepared.
- You have covered every base.
- You will survive.
- It cannot be as bad as you expect!
Use up and down inflection and eliminate sing song and monotone
Pick words you can pronounce—use common language to connect with audience
Punctuation is there for a purpose—pause
Raise your tone slightly
Stand up straight –right foot forward; feet 12 inches apart
Stand on your own two feet
Choose your space—and build a triangle for movement
Take a deep breath
Relax and use 10 second relaxation technique
An extension of posture and eye contact
Must not be distracting—be natural
To use gestures you cannot have other things in your hands
Practice, practice and practice
Rules to Present By–
Find a friendly face or someone to whom you just talked too before the meeting
- Use the one person one idea method for connecting. Eye contact needs to be about 3 seconds per person, then move on to someone else
- Create a positive and supportive connection by smiling
- Build rapport and reinforce openness and flexibility during the speech
- Practice the Rule of Five:Don’t take yourself so seriously.
- Eliminate fill speech. Just pause and take a deep breath before speaking.