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  • Do you want to sound confident?

  • Do you want people to have confidence in you when you speak?

  • Sounding confident can make the world of difference in every aspect of your life,

  • and I'm going to give you five very quick tips that you can put into place right now

  • to start sounding confident today.

  • I'm also going to let you into a very special little secret that will change everything.

  • But before we start, real quick:

  • my name is Anna English, this is English Like a Native and if you are an English language learner,

  • then you're in the right place.

  • Just be sure to hit that subscribe button and the bell notification button so you don't miss any future lessons.

  • Right, let's get started.

  • Number one: Choose the right voice type

  • Now, people will typically speak in one of three ways:

  • with falsetto, in modal or with fry.

  • Falsetto is higher in the range.

  • It's very weak and wispy and doesn't sound very confident.

  • Someone who speaks with falsetto sounds a little bit like this.

  • Many people say it's irritating to listen to.

  • It certainly doesn't instill a feeling of confidence in your listener,

  • so avoid falsetto.

  • At the bottom end of the range we have fry.

  • It's lowing your voice while bringing together the vocal folds very slowly, and it makes a creaking sound.

  • A bit like this.

  • Hello, my name is Anna and I am teaching a lesson right now on voice confidence.

  • Culturally, this has become quite popular recently.

  • However, vocal fry is not a natural sound within the English language.

  • It's also being debated as to whether it's healthy for the voice or not.

  • So, my advice is to avoid both fry and falsetto.

  • Let's go for the healthy modal voice.

  • This will certainly make you sound more confident.

  • If you're unsure whether you are using the right voice type or not, then try this little exercise:

  • in the middle of your range, so not pushing the voice up or down, standing up straight, say for me

  • It's got what we call a glottal onset.

  • It's a very strong onset.

  • Now take that feeling and make the sentence "Everybody eats apples",

  • and feel that same glottal onset: everyone - eats - apples.

  • Everyone eats apples.

  • And there, hopefully, you'll've found a nice strong modal voice.

  • Number two: Speak at the right speed

  • A lot of people will speak too fast, and some people speak too slow.

  • But very few people speak at the right pace.

  • Those people who speak too slow tend to add lots of pauses and drag the words out

  • and they sound like they're not quite sure what they're going to say next.

  • That doesn't make me feel very confident as a listener.

  • It also can bore the listener, so get to the point!

  • However, if you speed through what you're saying, then it sounds like you just really, really want to get it out

  • because you're not very confident and you just want to leave and you don't really want to speaking right now

  • so you just talk talk talk talk talk talk talk.

  • And if you speak too fast, people just shut down.

  • They stop listening, they just look at you and smile and nod and go "okay".

  • The best thing to do is to take a deep breath, to have a generally steady pace, adding in a few pauses

  • at important points in the speech.

  • What I tend to do is watch videos of incredible public speakers.

  • You'll notice that they have a nice steady pace and they allow big pauses

  • at points where they want to really give emphasis to a point, to allow the audience to think, and absorb.

  • Number three: Clarity

  • There are many natives who are quite lazy with their diction.

  • They miss off sounds, the ends of words, or in the middle of words.

  • They sometimes miss out complete syllables.

  • Don't follow their example.

  • Be in love with the language.

  • Enjoy making the sounds.

  • Chew on the words.

  • If you have better articulation and diction then people will just enjoy listening to you.

  • Number four, nice and easy: Vocabulary

  • Spend a little bit of time each day learning a new word or two.

  • Try to enrich your vocabulary so that you feel empowered and excited

  • about the things that you're saying, rather than using the same old words over and over again.

  • For example, if you say, uhm, "My business meeting was very good",

  • and you always say that things are "very good",

  • then why not look up another way of saying "very good"?

  • My business meeting was exciting.

  • My business meeting was interesting.

  • My business meeting was inspiring.

  • Number five: Body language

  • Your body language can tell the audience so much.

  • So don't think that having a confident voice alone is going to be enough to convince your audience

  • that you are confident and that they should believe in you.

  • What you need to make sure is that you're not betraying yourself with any nervous tics

  • or any bizarre behaviours in your body

  • For example, some people might tap with their hand or tap with their foot.

  • Some people might scratch a lot when they're nervous.

  • Some people might wring their hands or constantly wipe their brow.

  • So just be aware of what you do physically when you feel nervous and try to keep that under control.

  • A good confident speaker will have a very open posture: they won't cross their arms,

  • they won't have their hands in their pockets; they'll be very open and relaxed.

  • Just... be loose, and chill, and... yeah, relax.

  • Alright, it's time for the big secret.

  • Okay.

  • The big secret, the trick, as to how to achieve a confident voice,

  • to make people confident in you when you speak is:

  • Pretend

  • If you pretend to be confident, if you tell yourself "I am confident, I know what I'm talking about,

  • they're gonna love me, and I'm just gonna go out there and pretend", something incredible happens.

  • You go out there, pretending;

  • the audience don't know that you are pretending, so the audience straight away relax,

  • and they believe you, they go with it.

  • And because they relax, and because they seem to believe you,

  • you naturally start to feel more and more confident.

  • So, suddenly, it's this big circle of you pretending, the audience believing,

  • then you believing, and they believing and you believing, and you're confident, and they're confident,

  • and you're confident; and voilà... voilà... voilà... why am I speaking French?

  • Uhm... I didn't even say it properly, I said "wala" it's "voilà".

  • Anyway, the point is, and trust me on this because I have done it countless times,

  • if you go out there pretending that you are good, pretending that you are confident,

  • it will breed confidence.

  • Think of the alternative:

  • if you go out there thinking "I'm rubbish, I'm scared, they're not gonna like me,

  • no one is gonna be interested in what I have to say", then that's going to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

  • Okay, if you found this helpful, then don't forget to show your appreciation by giving it a thumb.

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  • Until next time, take care and goodbye!

Do you want to sound confident?

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A2 BEG UK confident talk talk voice speak pretending business meeting

Speak English with Confidence | 5 Easy Tips For A Confident Voice | Be a Confident Public Speaker

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    Samuel   posted on 2018/07/01
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