#Immediacy on speech making

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Advice and help for would be speech makers


  • Write your own mini-biography to send or hand to whoever is introducing you
  • Know who you're talking to
  • A handout of some sort (business only)
  • Prepare. The better prepared you are, the more you'll be able to make your talk sound less formal and friendly
  • Give your audience the big picture in your introduction
  • Aim for a balance of emotional and rational
  • Humor is almost always welcome (not rude or too personal)
  • Practice modulating your voice (up and down, no squeaks)
  • Practice in front of friends (honest feedback please)
  • Make eye contact with your audience
  • Speech Making Explained: - letters that often get ....
  • Speeches - a common error ....


Beware of local expressions which mean something else in other parts of the country. For instance, in the North when a person is 'starved' it means that they are cold and wet; in the South it means that they are exceedingly hungry. Use your natural accent. Do not try to adopt for example an 'Oxford' accent in the mistaken belief that it is more refined.

This will be an affectation and you will neither convince nor please your audience. Pronunciation Whatever your accent-however you pronounce words-you must make sure that you pronounce them clearly and distinctly. The commonest error in elocution is failure to pronounce certain letters.

Slackness over the letter 'h' is well known. Dropping the initial 'h' in its commonest form as in words like 'house' 'horror', 'holiday', and 'happy'. The reverse of the error is to put an 'h' in where it does not belong-'H'ambition', 'h'always' and so on. A few words beginning with the letter 'h' do not need the aspirate sounded in speech. Such words as 'heir', 'honour', 'honest', 'hour' do not have the 'h' sounded.

Some people also drop the 'h' from 'herb' and 'hotel', but this is controversial. Watch the pronunciation of the word 'the'. When this comes before a vowel or an 'h' mute it should be pronounced 'thee'; when before a consonant it is pronounced simply 'th' with a short vowel sound to separate it from the first letter of the following word. If this rule is observed it becomes physically impossible to go wrong.

Another common fault is ignoring the 'h' in words like 'which', 'where' and 'when'. Also watch for slurring in such phrases as 'is he'-not 'izzee'. The first rule in elocution is that each word should be pronounced separately that all letters that are meant to be pronounced should be pronounced.

This may involve making a brief pause between words, but the gain in clearness and distinctness is immeasurable.

..... letters that often get lost are final 'd's' and 't's',

Letters that often get lost are final 'd's' and 't's', and 'k's' and the 'g' in words ending in 'ing'. To say 'that time' or 'and did' correctly involves a definite pause between words. In practising this you may find at first that it sounds stilted ....

..... a common error is putting the wrong stress on a

A common error is putting the wrong stress on a word and you will find that usually the mistake is in putting the stress on the second syllable when it ought to be on the first.