SPEECH AND SPEAKING TIPS 38 – 39

Continuing this series on WordPress.  I hope readers find these useful. Feel free to use as you wish.

Tip 38

WORD USAGE AND PRONUNCIATION (7)

* “What your shape is?” should be “what is your shape?”. Order of words is important and in English tends to run differently to the way it happens with language usage in some other parts of the world.

* “You forgot what l say” should have been ” you forgot what I said.”

* “It is no your turn” should have been ” it is not your turn”. This was one of the occasions when you did not add the necessary consonant to, the end of the word.

* “Please come to stand up ” should have been “please come and stand up”. It can be easy to substitute words and in this case “to” slipped into where “and” should have been placed in your speech.
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Tip 39

KNOW YOUR SUBJECT

As a presenter, particularly if you have been given preparation time, know your subject. If you don’t know your subject, then it will become patently clear to the audience that your knowledge is stretched. Restlessness, figitiness , looking uncomfortable, visible sweating and other visible manifestations will become giveaways. Eye blinking and throat clearing might become part of the reaction all too visible to the listening group.

‘Subject stretch’ will bring out uncharacteristic ‘ahs’, ‘ums’, ‘you knows’ and so on in an altogether uncharacteristic manner.

There is a lot to be said for being prepared

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