WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
Express words so that they can easily be understood by your audience. This involves;
· Proper use of the Speech organs
· Understanding of the structure of words.
In order to communicate effectively, you must speak clearly. What you want to say may be interesting, even important, but much of it will be lost if your words are not easily understood.
People are not motivated by speech that they do not really understand. Even though a person has a strong voice and can readily be heard, if his words are slurred, they will not move others to action. It is as if he were speaking in a foreign tongue, unintelligible to the hearer.
Why Is It Important?
When you enunciate carefully, others can understood what you say. Words that are clearly spoken are likely to be taken seriously.
What makes speech indistinct? It may be failure to open the mouth sufficiently. Jaw muscles that are rigid and lips that scarcely move may contribute to muffled speech.
Speaking too rapidly may also result in speech that is difficult to grasp. That is like playing a recording of speech faster than it was designed to run. The words are there, but much of the benefit is lost.
In some cases, indistinct speech is related to a structural defect in the speech organs. But even those who must cope with such a problem can do much to improve by applying the suggestions in this article.
How to speak clearly
One of the keys to saying words clearly is understanding the makeup of words in your language. In most languages, words are made of syllables. Syllables are made up of one or more letters that are uttered as a single unit. In such languages, each syllable would normally be sounded when you speak, though not all with the same degree of emphasis. If you want to improve the clarity of your speech, slow down and do your best to express each syllable. At first this may sound overly precise, but as you practice, you will gradually resume a smooth flow of speech. For the sake of fluency, you will no doubt run certain words together, but this should be avoided if there is any danger of obscuring the sense of the words.
A note of caution: to cultivate your enunciation, you may practice speaking and reading in an overly precise manner. But do not allow that to become your regular manner speaking. It would sound affected and unnatural.
If your speech sounds somewhat muffled, learn to hold your head up and move your chin away from your chest. When reading from a handy material, hold the book high enough so that shifting your gaze from the audience to your material requires only a slight downward look. This will allow your words to come out unimpeded.
Learning to release tension can also improve your speech. It is well known that tension in the facial muscles or in those controlling your breathing can have adverse effects on the speech mechanism. Such tension interferes with the harmonious coordination that should exist between your mind, vocal organs, and breath control-an operation that should be smooth and natural.
The jaw muscles needs to be relaxed in order to respond readily to direction from the brain. The lips must also be relaxed. They have to be ready to expand and contract rapidly so as to put the finishing touches to many sounds that originate in the mouth will not open properly, and sound will be forced through the teeth. This will result in gruff, muffled, indistinct speech. Relaxing the jaw and lips, however, does not mean becoming lazy in speech habits. This needs to be balanced with the habit of forming sounds so that enunciation is clear.
In analyzing your situation, you may find it helpful to read aloud. Closely observe how you are employing the marvelous organs of speech. Do you open your mouth sufficiently so that speech sounds can come out without obstruction? The tongue, you must remember, is not the only organ of speech, though it is one of the busiest. The neck, the lower jaw, the lips, the facial muscles, and the throat muscles facial movement? If so, then there is a strong probability that your speech is indistinct.
If a tape recorder is available, record your voice while you are speaking in natural way. Record several minutes of conversional speech. Listening to that recording can help you pinpoint any trouble you may have in clearly sounding certain words. Watch for instances of slurring, muffling, or clipping of words, and try to determine the cause. Usually the weakness can be remedied by working on the points discuss above.
What you need to do