Now you have learned a lot about the power of the voice and how to speak. But what can you do to improve your own language performance? 6 tips that will help.

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Look outside the box

In general, it is advisable to think outside the box and to be informed about current developments in politics, culture, sport, Economy.

This is particularly important in intercultural situations, because consultants are often understood here as representatives of Germany.

Develop vocabulary

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Thus, professional idiocy can be avoided to a certain extent, as it not only enlarges its range of topics, but also develops its active and passive vocabulary.

The own expressiveness should be optimized in writing and verbal constantly, it would be wrong to believe that this process is completed at some point.

Targeted communication

Above all else, the directionality of one's own is important Communication it is not enough to work, to separate out only phrases and chunks of text and to produce social noises.

It is central to want to achieve something by means of entirely individual forms of communication, which are effective and above all goal-oriented.

Find a good consultant

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If you want qualified feedback on your own communication behavior, you should get good feedback Training or look for a consultant.

Very different forms are common today, which do not always require a personal presence; Consulting by e-mail and telephone is now common practice. It doesn't have to take a long time and be very expensive, an occasional 'technical stop' is usually sufficient.

What brings professional help

Above all, should time and Money be invested in concrete Further Training in the ability to talk and speak, that is: to take part in seminars, events, training courses.

The topic should be broad, soft skills are also advisable in the broadest sense Sinn such as Gestalt therapy, psychodrama, yoga (among other things because of breathing work).

How to find a good trainer?

For this, one should look for coaches who work very individually, in rather small groups. Such a trainer,

6 tips for better speech

Many of these phenomena are habitual, that is, they are trained, trained and therefore can be unlearned again, often with little effort.

What remains astonishing: why has no teacher or lecturer ever mentioned the people concerned I aufmerksam made? The following points describe standards or refer to norms and answer the question: What should be mastered?

1. articulation

Articulation = standardized, to be checked in the pronunciation dictionary. There you will find, for example, that it actually says [Könich] and not [Könick]. Large-scale mouth movements are central to the articulation of the sounds of the German language, so you have to do something right if you want to be understood. Otherwise someone sounds fast mumbling, downright lazy, especially when he 'swallows' all final syllables.

2. melody

Objective is an intonation (= melody) that is rated as 'interesting'; In addition, the voice 'works' on different pitches, appears very flexible and therefore not monotonous and boring; can be imagined as singing notes on a sheet of music.

This also prevents the stereotypical intonation of questions in which the voice goes up at the end of each sentence, whether it fits or not. Problem: there is no norm that can be tested or learned.

3. Emphasis

The emphasis on the individual words of the German language is meticulously regulated.

4. speech rate

The goal here is to be able to vary, ie to be able to speak faster or slower, depending on the requirements in the concrete communication situation.

Especially in speeches, for example, this is an important factor with which the attention of the audience can be influenced. Especially beginners, as well as consultants, who rarely work with larger groups often tend to speak very quickly.

5. Pauses

You can at one Presentation realize few breaks or many, short or long breaks and - very important because rarely mastered - exciting and relaxing breaks. The goal should be that the breaks don't just 'happen' to the presenter, but that he wants them to be in a certain place - so that that Audience the chance to understand him even better.

By the way: Exciting pauses mean that the voice (in the middle of an utterance or at the end) stays 'up' and maintains the tension through the very short pause that follows. Releasing pauses are the opposite of this, the voice moves downwards at the end of the utterance and releases the tension with the following pause. - Difficulty: For most
People breaks are a question of courage!

6. Pay attention to the indifferent situation

Of crucial Significance when it comes to voice, there is the so-called indifference situation; in this range the voice is indifferent, so not strained, not so tiring light. It sounds pleasant, neither too high nor too low, everyone can listen well.

A trained ear can immediately recognize deviations from the indifference position, which is difficult for the speaker himself, the diagnosis is more a matter for experts. Male voices are often in exposed situations - alone in front of an audience, for example - clear too deep.

Indications that something should be done can be a constantly strained and hoarse-sounding voice, frequent vocal 'discomfort', clearing of the throat.

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