7 speaking faults

The voice is part of somebody's complete personality. Read how to avoid faulty speaking habits.

1. Articulation is negligent. Mumbling or swallowing final syllables (livin' instead of living) makes understanding more difficult.

2. Whispering of words. When you speak in a whispery voice, the audience perceives the flow of air, and it sounds "over-ventilated" and hoarse as a result.

3. The voice level is constantly sharp, it sounds squeaky. It is easier for people with a deeper voice to win other people's sympathies.

4. You speak in a voice that is too low. This "little-girl voice" can be interpreted as sense of insecurity on the speaker's part.

5. Your way of speaking is monotonous. You do not raise and lower your voice, it has no dynamic force. The reason for that may be anxiety, indifference or tiredness.

6. The voice sounds solemn and pathetic. Your speech seems to have been learned by heart, as if you were not really behind your statement.

7. The voice sounds pinched, has too little resonance. Fear of speaking up is often hidden behind that.

Gerhard Reichel

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