So where do you go when you want to improve your English pronunciation or public speaking skills?
A book? You Tube? There are some fantastic English pronunciation resources out there. There is Susan Cameron’s Perfecting Your English Pronunciation and Rachel’s English online. Both are informative, smart, and clear.
TEDTalks? Someone you could observe and learn from? A colleague? Mentor? Someone famous?
A couple of weeks ago at the start of my advanced English pronunciation training program, I asked folks to name two to three great speakers. By great speakers, I added: speakers whose vocal and speech delivery convey confidence and clarity. A few of the responses included:
- Barak Obama
- Barbara Walters
- A senior partner (in a law firm)
- Glenn Beck
- Simon Sinek
- Sheryl Sandberg
If You’re Motivated, Practice Smart
Immerse yourself into some form of training (and stick with it.)
Be deliberate. Set a 2-3 month period in which you can direct your attention to how you are speaking in English or how you are projecting your voice.
Practice-smart. There are a lot of great tools out there. Make sure to work with systematic and carefully-sequenced materials. And have a steady practice buddy or coach.
All in all, active engagement and sticking with a set roadmap speeds up the process.
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