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Speak Flu­ent Eng­lish with Con­fi­dence Under Pres­sure

Have you ever noticed that when you are under pres­sure to speak flu­ent Eng­lish you may stum­ble more than usu­al, or speak faster than you want to and become unclear?

It can be frus­trat­ing! Just when you want to speak flu­ent Eng­lish with con­fi­dence under pres­sure, your usu­al  flu­ent speech eludes you!

Well I have a  few tips to help you out.

Tip 1

Be pre­pared!

Prac­tise the vocab­u­lary and pro­nun­ci­a­tion of the words and phras­es you are like­ly to be using before hand. Then when you want to speak flu­ent Eng­lish under pres­sure, the  mus­cle mem­o­ry in your mouth is already used to pro­nounc­ing the words and phras­es clear­ly.  This is espe­cial­ly so for instance, if you are going for a job inter­view or meet­ing your par­ents-in – law for the first time!

Tip 2

It’s Not about you!

Ok, it’s part­ly about you, but real­ly it’s about your ‘audi­ence.’  A good tip to remem­ber, espe­cial­ly if you are speak­ing to a group of peo­ple, is that it’s not about you it’s about them.   Ask your­self what your pur­pose in speak­ing to them is.  Is it to enter­tain, to edu­cate, to present ideas or infor­ma­tion, or maybe you are in charge of a meet­ing. When you focus on the pur­pose, you take the empha­sis away from your­self and free your­self up to be more at ease so that you can speak flu­ent Eng­lish with con­fi­dence. What would serve your audi­ence or lis­ten­ers best?

Tip 3

Breathe!

Obvi­ous, but we all for­get to do this under pres­sure. It is a real­ly impor­tant thing to remem­ber and prac­tise. Then when you are under pres­sure, you know how to sup­port your­self with deep­er  breath­ing that relax­es your vocal tract and calms you down. When we are under pres­sure we nat­u­ral­ly tend to speed our speech up, and tight­en our mus­cles includ­ing our mouth and throat mus­cles. This makes it hard­er to speak flu­ent­ly even in our native lan­guage nev­er mind to speak flu­ent Eng­lish if it is your sec­ond lan­guage.

As you sup­port your­self with your breath, your body and mus­cles relax and it is eas­i­er to main­tain clear, con­fi­dent pro­nun­ci­a­tion as well.  Have a look at our voice train­ing course here:  https://www.speakmoreclearly.com/voice-training/ to see more about breath sup­port.

Tip 4

The Super Hero Stance!

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Appar­ent­ly this way of stand­ing changes our hor­mones- reduces the lev­el of cor­ti­sol and increas­es the lev­el of testos­terone!

I’d love to hear if you have tried this and it worked for you. You can com­ment  below.

Best wish­es,

Esther

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