Have you ever aspired to speak with verbal fluency, eloquence, or to speak with oratory?
Two months ago, I stood in front of an audience to give a presentation. In my head it seemed quite clear, but the words that came out were not clear at all. I felt they were muddled. I felt I had not succeeded in speaking well nor in communicating well.
I did write it all down, I thought it was clear, then I got up and it didn't come out the way I wanted it. I did not have any verbal fluency. Has this ever happened to you when you have been unable to articulate your ideas in the way you wanted to say them?
How could I ensure this does not happen again? In my haste to get ready I had forgotten my four important PAVS steps. Even the most important one point 3 below. I do learn the hard way sometimes.
Verbal fluency was all I lacked, the ability to communicate effectively your ideas the way you want them to be heard.
Whilst I call it verbal fluency, I have heard it spoken as command of language, delivery, elocution, eloquence, enunciation, expression, inflection, intonation, good language, good oratory, phrasing, pronunciation, vocabulary, wording, even gift of gab. Verbal fluency is best.
I now keep these four steps upper most in my mind whenever I need to speak in public.
Here are my FOUR ideas for creating fluency. I call it my PAVS.
1. PRACTISE your presentation at least three times. Whenever you do your presentation with your audience, it should never be your first presentation. You should have practised it three times.
2. Speak your presentation out ALOUD. Don't just read over it or write it down but practise it out loud. This will link your brain to your mouth.
3. If time is short, and this is not possible to actually practise aloud three times, VISUALISE and hear your presentation in your mind as many times as you can. Spend time seeing yourself speaking and presenting. Research shows this can well prepare you.
4. Use SIGNS and cues. Don't write everything you want to say word for word, because you will be focussed on saying the right word not connecting with your audience. People don’t want to hear a robot speak, they want to hear a human speak. I think if you've practiced it, then your message will get across. Just have some SIGNS, pictures, cues or key points (like 1 - 3 words) which will remind you of what you want to say. This will enable you to speak more fluently, confidently and with a sense of conviction.
Here is my easy way to remember these four important ideas. My good friend PAVS
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