Monday, February 21, 2011

Tongue Reinforces Voice

Speaking clearly in public is much easier if your tongue reinforces your voice and vice versa. Some people seem to stumble when nervously addressing a crowd. How can we improve? Well, it's not only about great content and energy. Not even just speeding up or slowing down...

Communication has always been an intriguing topic to me. The past nine years I've spent a considerable amount of time and effort on exploring three facets of human dialog. I wrote a book that eventually became "The 3 Energies Behind Sales Success". The third of three energies deals with Intuition.

Intuition involves everything related to HOW and WHEN we communicate. (The two other energies tap into WHY, WHAT and WHO.) Did you know that for instance timing (i.e. WHEN) is critical to HOW something is perceived? And did you know that HOW you say it pretty much changes everything about a message? Well, that's only one third of what communication is all about.

Just for fun, let me briefly illustrate one of more than a hundred different aspects of pure speaking skills:

          PHONETICS

Many years ago I studied English phonetics and phonology in college, as well as taking singing lessons from a highly skilled lady. One of the important things to understand about speaking and singing skills, i.e. speaking or singing clearly, is by the way you use your tongue and mouth effectively. (And I remind you again, this example is only one of more than a hundred skills related to speaking.) Listen to "It's Not That Easy" sung by Rikke and Åste. (BTW, Åste Sem is from Telemark ;-) If they didn't sing the most challenging - repeating - part with "da-ra-ra-ra-ra-ra-ra", any other phonetic pronunciation would have made this song virtually impossible to sing for most of us. Just try it out for yourself, if you don't believe me!


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