It’s hard to imagine a successful person who can’t speak beautifully. However, speaking skills are necessary not only for career, networking and networking, but also for personal life. Literate and fluent knowledge of the native language will give confidence, increase self-esteem, and allow you to articulate your own thoughts clearly.
Exercises for developing adult language skills
It is not so easy to master the oratorical art: you need to put your voice, timbre, take care of the purity of speech, the correct mimic. Learn to speak correctly and beautifully will help regular training in front of the mirror or camera, recording on the recorder, gesture control and regular breathing practice.
Setting your breath
Beginner speakers face a problem – lack of breath when pronouncing long phrases. The cause is an undeveloped diaphragm. Adequate breathing during speech is considered to be diaphragm-ribular. Judging by its name, it is performed with the help of the intercostal muscles and the diaphragm. The breath widens the lower part of the chest and slightly lifts the abdomen. It should be short, light and the exhalation smooth. Initially, breathing is controlled by placing your palm on the diaphragm area. The brushes are relaxed and the shoulders are fixed.
The correct breathing pattern distributes the air evenly and helps you speak clearly and concisely.
It is much harder for an adult to change pronunciation than for a child: diction has already developed, which is difficult to correct. At this age, it is necessary to change not only the habit of pronouncing sounds, but also to reconstruct the perception of their own speech. To develop a clear, comprehensible pronunciation there are different exercises.
Professional speakers, presenters, speakers use special techniques for speech development:
Conversations. Focus on those phrases that are most difficult to give. Repeat them every day to get used to the correct pronunciation of sounds, get to the automation.
Breathing techniques. You can inflate balloons, or you can pull vowel sounds on an exhalation as long as possible. The main thing is to do it regularly.
Record your own voice on the recorder. Listening to such an audio file, you will clearly see the defects that are invisible in a normal conversation. Work on them, correct until they disappear.
Articulation charging for adults
The mobility of the vocal apparatus can be developed by articulation gymnastics. With it, speech will be expressive and clear. Take a few minutes of exercise to get the desired result. Charging is suitable for adults and children.
Smile so that all your teeth can be seen at the same time. Say the “and”. Start at 5 seconds, gradually increasing the interval to 25 seconds.
Open your mouth and move your jaws forward and backwards.
Cross your arms on your chest, bend over a little and say “oh, ooh, s.” At this time, gradually lower the voice, and pronounce the vowels long. Then stand up, bend over and repeat the sounds.
Tip your tongue, touch each tooth one by one while keeping your mouth open.
Lick the lips with a relaxed tongue. Repeat 10-20 times.
Stretch your tongue against both cheeks, alternately. Repeat the exercise with your mouth open and closed.
Articulation gymnastics for women
Regular performance of a complex of exercises for speech development will restore skin elasticity, strengthen mimic muscles, get rid of the unwanted second chin.
Close your fingers. Put your hands on your forehead and press them down while trying to raise your eyebrows high. Stretch out the “a” sound.
Take a breath and close your mouth. Breathe out in small portions alternately through the right and left corner of the mouth. Close your mouth with your hand, inflate your cheeks.
Press the wings of the nose with your thumbs and then exhale.
Hold outstretched lips.
Setting the voice
This skill is “pumped” by singers, actors and other creative individuals. However, for public performances it is also necessary. Voice placement includes the development of the following voice characteristics: strength, timbre, range.
To open the voice, redistribute the load from the throat to the diaphragm and lips.
The following exercises will help you do this:
Open your mouth. Exhale easily and effortlessly. If you do everything correctly, you will have an involuntary groaning.
Say the syllable “Q”, round your lips, then smile with an “X”. Do the exercise 20 times. Say something afterwards and you will feel that your lips are more obedient and your ligaments less stressed.
Artificially yawn for a few minutes every day. It relaxes the laryngeal muscles, removes voice blocks and clamps.
Do 3 quiet breathing cycles. Maximize the air in your lungs and push it out with force, saying “haaaaah” loudly.
This yoga practice will make your voice clean and clear.
Tips for developing eloquence
If you want to learn to speak correctly, set a goal – to master the technique of beautiful speech. Choose the appropriate exercises and do them regularly.
Read it every day. For this purpose it is better to choose classical and popular science literature. This will enrich, expand the vocabulary, teach you to build sentences correctly, clearly and clearly express your thoughts.
Talk about books and movies. Tell your friends about the series you’ve seen or the story you’ve read. Don’t grind, but don’t speak monotonously and slowly: try to find the golden mean. Add emotion, while watching the reaction of interlocutors: whether they managed to get attention, or friends just pretend to listen.
Enrich your vocabulary. Make a rule: learn the meaning of a new word every day. Sign up for a special newsletter or just buy a smart dictionary and look into it every day. Make up a sentence with a new word in it. This will help you introduce it into your life. Alternative ways are to solve crossword puzzles and read them.
You can’t learn to speak correctly and beautifully with a poor vocabulary.
Learn from professionals. You can develop your oratorical skills by listening to or watching lectures from speakers. Make it a habit, and try to learn something new every week. Enroll in oratorical training. They will give you maximum information, feedback, and invaluable practice in a short period of time.
Line up your suggestions correctly. Even if you have the richest vocabulary, but can not competently select and combine words, you will not succeed in eloquence. You can deal with this problem: start a diary, your own blog or open a channel on YouTuBe. Write down your impressions, conclusions, reasoning, and gradually you will learn to intelligently express your thoughts, convey them to the reader, and perhaps develop your own style. This comes with experience.
Do the exercises in front of the mirror. Talk with your reflection on any topic: the weather, plans, and events of the day. Keep an eye on facial expressions and gestures.
What’s stopping you from speaking beautifully
Success and failure in life largely determines the ability of a person to establish contact, communicate, competently and beautifully speak. The basic techniques are considered above, and now we will touch upon the topic of mistakes of a novice speaker.
Remove blank phrases and words from your speech. It is unpleasant to listen to a speech filled with expressions: “like,” “this,” “so to speak.” But you can get rid of it. Record your own speech on the recorder and then listen to it. Write down parasitic words and have your friends make comments when you use them. For quick results, offer a financial reward for the job. Thus, you will get rid of the speech slag, learn to express your thoughts clearly and clearly.
Most people during a conversation cross legs and hands, squint eyes, tense facial muscles, clenched palms, fists. These non-verbal gestures demonstrate stiffness, aggression, tension. With such a person is not pleasant to communicate, so monitor the position of the body during the conversation, and change the closed position to open.
Even those who do not have a fast pace of speech can accelerate under the influence of emotions, such as saying something important or what just happened. It is likely that your interlocutors will simply not hear half of what you have told them. And there’s also the possibility that you might get confused in your own thoughts and words. In these situations, take some advice:
Every time you’re going to say something, take a slow, deep breath. Imagine in your mind that your listeners are in no hurry, interested in the story and will certainly hear it to the end. Learn to control the pace of your speech.