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A common concern I often hear as I coach my clients to sound their best is…“I can’t stand the way I sound.”  Sound familiar?  Well if it doesn’t sound familiar, you’re in the minority.   If it does sound familiar and you have found yourself cringing at how you sound, then you may want to consider these seven best practices:

  1. Dale, what can I do if I tend to run out of air and find myself gasping for more air? Solution:  The first best practice is breath support and using diaphragmatic breathing.
  2. Dale, I find that I usually slouch my shoulders forward when standing or when seating.  Solution: The second best practice is your posture and knowing the most effective way to stand and sit when speaking.
  3. Dale, I realize I’m uncertain what to do with my hands. Solution:  The third best practice is non-verbal language.
  4. Dale, I admit I’m unsure what exactly pitch is so I go with whatever comes out of my mouth. Solution: The fourth best practice is intonation.
  5. Dale, I’ve noticed that I speed up due to feeling nervous.  Solution: The fifth best practice is rate of speech.
  6. Dale, I wonder if it’s okay to use the words “just” and “hope.”  Solution: The sixth best practice is verbiage.
  7. Dale, I kind of explain myself and repeat what I’ve said to be sure others understand me.  Solution: The seventh best practice is getting to the point.

When you attend to these seven best practices (breath support, posture, non-verbal language, intonation, rate, verbiage, and getting to the point) you are on your way to sounding your best.  That means that you have checked out how you sound and so have your listeners.

If you’d like details for any of these seven best practices, please contact me at 518-664-6004 or dale@profitablespeech.com