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What An Expert Says About Two Delivery Topics Important in Public Speaking

In our Speech Class Refresher program class week, I taught a section on Vocal Skills.  Due to time constraints, I omitted two sections on enunciation and pronunciation, that I have taught in previous offerings. 

I first taught these topics to students and professional clients when I was at the University of Houston in 1976, working on my M.A. degree.  So, they have a special place in instruction for me.

One of the most successful and impactful women in professional business is Jill Schiefelbein .  She wrote the best-seller, Dynamic Communication (Entrepreneur, 2016).  She is pictured with me below when we attended a meeting at Success North Dallas, where she presented the monthly program, as selected by its leader, Bill Wallace.

JillSPictureSNDI thought you might be interested in what she says about these two topics.  This is an excerpt from an article she wrote entitled “7 Delivery Skills for Public Speaking,” published in Entrepreneur.com on April 26, 2017.  You can read the entire article by clicking HERE

“How you articulate and pronounce words is important because people need to be able to understand you. But if you get a little nervous, you probably tend to speak faster and faster, until you’re not enunciating well and your clarity is going to suffer. Your audience won’t catch everything you’re saying and you’ll lack maximum effectiveness. Following are some ways to help with your enunciation and pronunciation.

“First, show your teeth! To get the sound out, the mouth needs to be open and the air pipes clear. So if you find yourself starting to speak too quickly, think about showing some of your teeth (in other words, open your mouth a little wider). If you’re not sure whether you do this, watch yourself speak in a mirror. Better yet, set up a camera and record yourself in conversation or during a video chat.

“The second tip has to do with pronunciation. In music class, I learned that the singers who have lyrics you can actually understand have something in common — they pronounce the consonants clearly, especially the final consonant of each word. Try it. Say “world” out loud without focusing on the final “d” in your pronunciation. Now say it while pronouncing the last “d” clearly. Practice this in your head (or even better, out loud) with other words. You’ll notice it makes a difference.”

Just like everything else that we taught in our recent program, you get better at a skill by practicing the skill.  That is as true for enunciation and pronunciation, as it is for anything else about public speaking.

 

 

Bill Wallace to Present at January First Friday Book Synopsis

We are pleased to announce that Bill Wallace, who founded and has chaired Success North Dallas for 28 years, will be our guest presenter at the January 6, 2017 First Friday Book Synopsis at the Park City Club in Dallas.  He is pictured below with Karl J. Krayer, President of Creative Communication Network, which sponsors this event each month.

Wallace will present the popular book, The Power of Who:  You Already Know Everyone You Need to Know (Center Street) by Bob Beaudine.  He notes that this book has been very meaningful to him over the last several years, and believes that the book synopsis audience will find it powerful.  Part of this is due to the unique 100/40 principle featured in the book.

Bill Wallace is a member of the National Speakers Association, and has been a staunch and devoted supporter of the First Friday Book Synopsis.  From his website (www.successnorthdallas.com), we read the following biography:

Bill Wallace has often said his greatest skill is putting the right people together. Emanating from a database that would put the U.S. government to shame, Bill’s generous “connection-making” has benefited countless individuals who have turned to him for trusted referrals, strategic business support, personal coaching, and educational mentorship.

“Bill’s professional career flourished along with his development of Success North Dallas, first as owner of Wallace Financial Group—a provider of business continuation planning, insurance and financial strategies and estate and family protection—and, later, as Chairman and CEO of The Wallace Companies, a consulting firm specializing in capital development and executive management strategies.

“As a member of the Board of Governors of Northwood University and a strategic partner and board member of the University of North Texas Professional leadership program, Bill continues to help aspiring college students forge successful careers in business and the community. He also serves as Chairman of the non-profit Empowering Single Parents, which was inspired and created through relationships developed through Success North Dallas.

“Wallace is a charter member and past president of the Addison Rotary Club, a long-time member of CEO Netweavers, a past member of the Million Dollar Roundtable and the New England Financial Leaders Association, and the Author of “Peacefully Rich™ the Financial Road Less Traveled.” He has also served on the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Advisory Boards of St. Acuin Montessori School, Bryan’s House, and Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. In recognition for his work in the community, The Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values honored Bill with the Heroes of Humanity Award in 2009.

Online registrations for the January 6, 2017 First Friday Book Synopsis will open on Monday, December 5.

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